Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out his side’s hopes of winning this season’s Premier League title, urging his players to fight.
The Gunners are disappointed with the weekend’s defeat to title rivals Manchester United, having dominated much of the match, with two early goals costing their side.
Arsene Wenger has explained that his players should only feel angry and determined following the outcome of Saturday’s encounter, and must use that to push themselves forwards.
“I believe from the game, it has to make us angry and even more determined,” said Wenger.
“If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game. We cannot accept that.
“That’s what you want, the players have produced a quality performance. What makes you angry is that you produce that performance and, in the end, you have nothing to show for it. That’s very difficult to accept.”
The Gunners manager was then asked whether he was now ruling themselves out of the race for the Premier League title, to which he replied: “I am not Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger. I am here to fight as long as I can.
“As long as mathematically it’s possible, you have to fight. You cannot give any other message out.”
Wenger was then asked if he was blaming his defenders for the mistakes which led to those early goals, which ultimately cost their side any hope of winning the game.
“I am not here to especially blame people,” he added. “I want Arsenal Football Club to win. When the performance is of that quality, we have to be efficient.
“We are in this job to be efficient, you know. So I blame first myself. The crowd was outstanding and the team was outstanding.
“But, we were not efficient. I cannot deny that. They scored three, we scored one.”
Can we push on and bring that fight for our upcoming matches? Do we need to rule out any hopes of catching Man City at this early point in the campaign?