As the 2012/2013 season is coming to an end, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is relishing the race for the Champions League places. 3rd and 4th place are still up for grabs with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs fighting for the remaining Champions League spots while Everton even have an outside chance of doing so as well.
"Yes, the championship is until 19 May. There's eight games to play and a lot of points to play for. I trust in our qualities. I really think we can make fourth place and maybe even third if we continue to play like we are."
"We want to dictate the games. We are confident. We are used to finishing the championship well. And again this season we will do the same. Spurs have to play against Manchester City and Chelsea so it's hard games for them. But every game is difficult; we can see that Chelsea lost in Southampton. We have to keep focus, concentrated and strong."
When asked if Arsenal's rivals are or could cock up, the former Montpellier man responded.
"Yes, I think so. We're scoring lots of goals. We're playing well."
Stevan Jovetic just can't get out of the headlines - the Fiorentina talisman has been in the news for quite some time, having been linked with moves to Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City and it seems all but certain that the Montenegrin will be in a new club this summer.
Here is the latest surrounding the Serie A star:
Current teammate and compatriot, Stefan Savic has suggested that Jovetic join Manchester City.
"Jovetic can play for one of the top clubs. I hope he does because he is one of my closest friends. I would recommend City to him. I think City’s a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year. It was hard for me there because I came straight from the Serbian league. I won a league title but, after one season, I knew I had to play regularly to improve as a player, so I left. It was my decision. It is different for Stevan. He has five years experience, he could play straight away with Sergio Aguero or Carlos Tevez."
Arsenal target, Stevan Jovetic - whose contract expires in 2016 - will only be sold abroad according to Fiorentina's sporting director, Daniele Prade.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Prade said, "A decision on his future will be taken in June together with the player. Andrea Della Valle made him a promise last year and he's not one to break his promises. We do not have to sell him. If we do sell, we prefer him to go abroad, though. A lot depends on where Fiorentina will finish in the table this season."
This news comes as a boost for Arsene Wenger who is an admirer of Jovetic and especially because Serie A champions, Juventus were seen as frontrunners for the Fiorentina man.
Jovetic won't come cheap though and according to the Telegraph, Wenger has been handed a £70m transfer warchest for the summer and the Montenegrin was seen as one of his targets to help strengthen the Gunners, even if he would break Arsenal's transfer record. Similar in style and potential to former captain, Robin van Persie, the fast and versatile Jovetic is valued at a minimum of £20m.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal are planning a bid for Swansea vice-captain, Ashley Williams in the summer who is valued at £8m.
The Gunners' back four - especially Thomas Vermaelen - have been making a lot of defensive errors, costing them in crucial games such as the weekend's north London derby loss to Tottenham. Wenger may be hoping Williams is the man to shore up his defense as well as lead by example in the dressing room.
Arsenal will face competition from Liverpool, who have also drawn interest in Williams. The 28-year-old has had a great season so far, having notably lifted the Capital One Cup. The Welshman has made a huge step up both performance and division-wise, having played in all four professional divisions in England.
Arsene Wenger claims his side are no longer dependent on one single player as was the case last season. Former captain, Robin van Persie scored 37 goals last season, helping the Gunners to a 3rd place finish.
This season however, the goals have been more spread out as Wenger could have four league goalscorers in double figures for the first time in his reign as manager.
“At the moment I feel we can score from many positions and I prefer that, personally. We have many players who can score – (Theo) Walcott can score, (Olivier) Giroud can score, (Santi) Cazorla can score, (Lukas) Podolski can score, I think (Jack) Wilshere will score as well, so we have many.
"We have scored more goals than last year and last year our efficiency was always depending on Van Persie and I always worried about the day Van Persie gets injured.”