Arsene Wenger has astonishingly refused to give up on the idea of Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season despite being 19 points adrift of table toppers Manchester City.
The Gunners were held to a goalless draw at West Ham last night making it three games without a win for Wenger’s men. The bore draw leaves Arsenal once again fighting for a top four finish this season and a massive 19 points adrift of Manchester City.
Nearly, if not all, of the other sides above Arsenal (Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United) have conceded that the title will be heading to the Etihad at the end of the season.
But Wenger, whose side sit in seventh place, below Burnley, that they still have a chance of catching Pep Guardiola’s side:
‘City are too far away to talk about the title at the moment.
‘We don’t give up. Our job is to fight as long as we can and give our best, not to focus on everything else.
‘I don’t listen much to all that. You want to fight. Our job is to fight, to give everything and see where you finish.’
Wenger’s claims will have Arsenal fans more than likely laughing and/or rolling their eyes (I did both). Ok, he has to give the fans some belief and hope, I get it. But surely you have to be realistic in this situation? We are 19 points off City. They would have to lose six games for us to even be in contention. We’ve already lost five Premier League games and I can see us dropping more points than them from now until the end of the season, that’s for sure.
If the other top sides in the league have pretty much conceded that the title race is over, why can’t Wenger? It’s statements like these that make the Frenchman look foolish and reinforces people’s thoughts that the man is becoming senile. I would rather he not say anything than say something in these situations.
I have conceded that the title chase for us is over. Hell, it was a few games back to be honest. Although I don’t personally care about a top four finish, this is what Wenger should focus on, and of course trying to win some silverware in the form of the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.