No doubt there will be some Arsenal fans who will be unhappy with Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman refused to rule out a Premier League title win for Arsenal this season. As reported by The Mirror, Wenger played down the poor start that we have had and insisted that there is plenty of time for us to improve and mount a real charge.
He did admit that the main thing for the Gunners to do at the minute is just to stay in touch with the top of the table and even that is not proving too easy.
Wenger said, ““If I say to you: ‘No, the objective is not to win the title’, then I have to commit suicide when I go out from here.
“The objective now realistically is for us to get back in a position where we have a chance to win the title.
““That is far from done. Today it looks stupid, but there are 28 games to go. Twenty eight games – it is not bad. We have 84 points to take. We just have to win the next game.”
And of course the manager is right. Even though we now sit 12 points off the top, we do have tomorrow’s game in hand and that sort of gap has been closed many times before. But let’s be realistic here, Gooners, and say that Arsenal need to start playing a lot better if we are to even keep in touch.
THere is hope that we will though, with the crippling injury list looking better all the time. The other big problem is Chelsea. Another win at Anfield today means that they have now got the away games with Liverpool, Everton and both Manchester clubs out of the way.
They are confident, hard to beat and the strength of their squad makes them relatively immune to the odd injury problem. And as if that was not enough, they seem to get the luck or the odd tight decision when they need it. Liverpool should have got a penalty to equalise today, with a handball similar to the Fabregas one that Arsenal were denied.
So unless something can knock them off their stride soon, Arsenal’s faint hopes of challenging for the title really will disappear, no matter how well we are playing. Do you think it has already gone?