Posted on November 07, 2016 by ADMIN

Wenger plays down UCL effect – Arsenal right in EPL title race

Just as he would have done if Arsenal had beaten Tottenham in the north London derby yesterday, Arsene Wenger has moved to pour water on any panic or overreaction to where the result has left Arsenal, reminding us all that there is a long way to go and that it is still very tight at the top.

Arsenal could well have found ourselves on top of the Premier League table over the current international break but due to the good performances and results of Chelsea and Liverpool combined with us being held to a draw we have actually slipped back into fourth place, and in fact we are fourth favourites at 13/2 in the Football Betting Odds as well.

We are still level with the favourites Man City on points, though, with only two points of goal difference between us and that is a bonus as we expected them to beat Middlesborough. We also expected Liverpool (11/4) and Chelsea (3/1) to win their games and Man United to win theirs, while a derby match is always a tough one, so are we really so surprised at what happened this weekend?

In his post match interview on the Arsenal website the Frenchman was also asked about whether the fact that the two big clubs not involved in the Champions League or Europa League are leading the race at this point means that their lack of midweek matches gives them an advantage.

He replied, “I don’t know. It’s a bit easier to prepare for the games because you do not have the intensity of a Champions League game, but if you ask them, both would like to play in there so you cannot complain about that. There’s a little physical advantage, for sure, when you play after the European weeks, but you have to live with that and I wouldn’t say that it is an excuse. Even if we are in front, it’s a small difference after 11 games – it’s very tight.”

Even if there is an advantage to not playing in Europe, which there may well be, we only have two group games left and our EPL games after those are against Bournemouth and Stoke City, both at home, so how do you see the title race going over the next two months?

Bob.

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3 thoughts on “Wenger plays down UCL effect – Arsenal right in EPL title race

  1. Jansen

    I fear we are seeing a repeat of previous seasons. We have a better squad than previous seasons but overall we have not seen enough to believe this season will have a different outcome. Once again we had a strong chance to take first place and dent Spurs ambitions with a home win and once again did we not only fail to take the chance, we failed to bring our A game. We looked burdened by expectations and not ourselves.

    I am not sure if it is our training methods or if we have overused certain players (Sanchez?), but I agree with Wenger in his assessment that we looked the more tired team in the second half.

    Sanchez also looked jaded.

    I fear we might have another November not to remember in the making, Mourinho has Wenger’s number and another draw against Man U would be a poor result for a team with title ambitions IMO.

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  2. Arsenal_Girl

    This could be our toughest season yet
    Liverpool, Spurs, City, Chelski, even United are in it
    Seems Ibrahimovic could be back in form

    Need to beat United so we wont start drifting away from the top

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