Arsene Wenger Believes His Side is Still Alive in League Title Race


Arsenal have not held the league title trophy since 2003-04, and the current odds strongly suggest that the streak won’t be ending this season. Arsenal are currently 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City after five defeats in their first 15 games. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his team is alive in the title race, despite residing in fifth place.

“I am not (Tottenham Manager Mauricio) Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger,” the Arsenal boss said. “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.”

Arsenal lost at home to United on Saturday, despite the Gunners dominating the game all around. Arsene Wenger sees lessons that he can take from this setback and apply them to his his team, and then inspire improvement.

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“I believe from the game, it has to make us angry and even more determined,” Wenger continued.

“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.”

“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.”

City are off to the best start in Premier League history. No one has won as many points from the first 15 matches as they have.

United are the closest to the Citizens, but even the Red Devils are eight points off the pace. Chelsea are third, and 11 points behind while fourth place Liverpool are 14 points behind. Arsene Wenger may say that he and his men are still competing for a league title in 2017-18, but the numbers tell a different story. With so many teams to surpass in order to get to the top, it’s not very realistic.

The Gunners are actually playing for a place back in the top four this season.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC and Chicago, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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