"Arsenal ready to challenge for the tittle" - Vito Mannone

Vito Mannone has challenged his Arsenal team-mates to “go for it” as they look to end their seven-year trophy drought.

The Gunners keeper reckons his side are genuine title challengers despite already falling seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal lost at home to the Blues last month but bounced back in style to win at West Ham. And Mannone insists the North Londoners have now got their season up and running.

The Italian said: “I am pleased with our start to the season. The team is doing great, we have had many of the big games already.

“We had a few good wins and a few draws away and not many other teams will get draws at Man City or a win at West Ham.

“It is not easy to win at Liverpool, as well. I think we have started the Champions League well too, the team has got a good base to kick on from. I am looking forward to some big achievements.

“We have a good solid squad and I think we can go for it. I have no doubt that if we keep our focus and we keep our mentality, it’s not a doubt that we are going to challenge for the title.

“This is a club that is made for victories, it’s not a club that just wants to do well and get the third or fourth place. This club wants to win trophies and I wish that I can give my help for this team to do it.”