Szczesny eyes White Hart gain

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY insists Arsenal are not about to throw in the towel as they battle to overhaul Manchester United’s imposing lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League — and declared the team owe their disappointed fans a response with victory at arch-rivals Tottenham tomorrow night.

The Gunners now stand six points behind United after they were held to a 1-1 draw following a dramatic end to Sunday’s game with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

When Arsene Wenger’s battle-weary team run out at White Hart Lane, that deficit could be increased if United — beaten by rivals City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday — get a result at Newcastle tonight.

Despite much cynicism, Szczesny maintains all is not yet lost as the Gunners, unbeaten in 15 matches, aim to keep within striking distance of United ahead of their May 1 showdown. “We believe we are good enough to win every game from now until the end of the season, so we believe we can do it.”

Szczesny added: “Tottenham is a very good game for us to come back from a big disappointment, and we owe it to the fans as well because they are obviously very disappointed about what happened.”

Should the Gunners lose more ground then that would open the door for Chelsea to claim the runners-up spot.

Szczesny, though, maintained: “We are only thinking about winning the title, not who is behind us.

“We go into everything to finish first. We are Arsenal — we don’t want to finish second and we definitely don’t want to finish third. We just think about winning.”

Meanwhile, the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association have issued a statement to the club’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke appealing to the American businessman to “take advantage of his opportunity to win over fans”.

Last week Kroenke increased his stake to 62.89% as well as making a mandatory offer for the remaining club shares.

One fans’ group, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, have already said their minority shareholders will not sell as they seek to retain a voice, while Red and White Holdings, the investment vehicle of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, is also unwilling to do business on their 27% stake in the club.

Now AISA have appealed to Kroenke to make a series of commitments which prove his intentions for the Gunners are in line with their own.

The statement calls for Kroenke to make a public promise that no debt arising from the purchase of shares will be transferred to the club — such as happened at Old Trafford — to freeze ticket prices and continue the Arsenal Fanshare initiative.

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