Alex Song admits he has been going crazy watching from the sidelines during a two-match ban - and cannot wait to get back into the thick of Arsenal's title challenge.
The race for the Barclays Premier League crown has developed into one of the closest of recent seasons, with only two points now separating the top three, although Chelsea have played a game less.
Indeed, should Arsenal beat struggling West Ham at the EmiratesStadium on Saturday, then they would lead the table again, as boththeir rivals do not play until Sunday when Chelsea head to Blackburnand Manchester United have the smallmatter of taking on Liverpool.
The Cameroon midfielder incurred a domestic suspension after a 10th yellow cardof the season at Stoke, in the match where Aaron Ramsey suffered an horrificdouble leg break.
Song admits he has not been the best armchair spectator, havingwatched his team-mates scrap their way to a crucial three points atHull with a stoppage-time goal from Nicklas Bendtner.
'I was like a crazy man,' said Song. 'I jumped everywhere.
'I was watching it with my son and he did not know what was happening - but when Nicklas scored, I just said "yeeeeeessssssss".'
Song added: 'It is very difficult to watch your friends when you don't play, but I had confidence in my team. We have the players to come in and do well.
'Now we are in a strong position and we will fight in the games that are left.'
Song maintains Arsenal have what it takes to go on and lift a first championship since 2004.
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'The mentality has changed for us. Everyone has in their head that we need to do something this year. It is very important for us,' he told Arsenal TV Online.
'The manager trusts us to do the job.
'If the referee says we have four minutes or two minutes left then the boss says "don't panic, be confident and play". That means if the opposition team drop we have the chance to score.
'If the game is not finished we know we can score at anytime.'
The Gunners expect to welcome back captain Cesc Fabregas from a hamstring injury to face West Ham, along with Czech winger Tomas Rosicky after a groin problem, but William Gallas' 'endless calf injury' is an ongoing concern.
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