When Arsenal meekly lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, most Gooners became resigned to fighting out for fourth place in the League again come the end of the season, but Arsene Wenger believes that our title challenge is far from over.
“Chelsea will also have a difficult period in the season.”Wenger said.”Our schedule was extremely difficult and I have the belief that we can close the gap to them.”
The Gunners are currently nine points behind Mourinho’s team after seven games, but have Chelsea really had an easy start to the season? Their League games have been against Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Swansea City, Leicester and Burnley, while Wenger’s men have played Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. I personally wouldn’t consider either schedule to have been “extremely” more difficult to be honest.
The only real difference is that Arsenal had to get through a Qualifying round for the Champions League and play in the Community Shield. Again I would have thought that should have made our players more matchfit than Chelsea for the start of the season proper…
Anyway I guess Wenger MUST attempt to galvanize his team for the fight ahead and there are still 31 games to go, so anything can happen!
But do Arsenal fans share Wenger’s belief that we can catch Chelsea?