Sebastien Squillaci and Sir Alex Ferguson are in agreement: they both think this season's Premier League is a two-horse race between Arsenal and Manchester United.

The French defender scored the only goal in the Gunners' last championship fixture against Stoke City last week. Since then United have been beaten by Chelsea, leaving Arsenal four points behind with a game in hand on the leaders.

With Manchester City ten points off the top and Chelsea two points behind them, Squillaci believes that the champions will come from the current top two.

"Yes I do," he told the Official Matchday Programme. "We are only a few points behind them so we can’t afford to make any mistakes, especially at home against teams that are potentially inferior football teams to us.

"All the games are difficult and it will be a big battle until the end, but we can do it. We need to keep getting wins to put them under pressure. The team that will make the fewer mistakes will win the league this season.

"At the moment, we are behind but we will try everything to overtake them."

Squillaci is in contention for another start against Sunderland on Saturday as Laurent Koscielny struggles to shake off a hamstring injury. And the 30-year-old believes he is getting back to his best after an injury-hit start to the year and a red card against Huddersfield.

"It’s never easy to be injured," he said. "Injuries are the enemy of a footballer. Seeing your mates on the pitch, winning games is hard. It’s not good but it is part of a career. I have some experience so I know how to deal with it and I just wanted to come back stronger.

"I played a lot at the start of the season. Coming from Spain, I needed a bit of time to adapt myself as it’s a completely different world than La Liga in terms of physicality or rhythm. It was all new for me.

“However, I feel I had some good games, some not so good but I am working hard in training and I am always ready to help the team whenever the boss needs me.

"I really hope I can help this club to win a trophy this season."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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4 Mar 2011