9 February 2017
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has refused to admit defeat in the fight for the Premier League title after their recent defeat to current league leader, Chelsea.
The Gunners slipped to fourth after two consecutive defeats against Watford last Wednesday and Chelsea on Saturday but Wenger believes Arsenal are still on course to win their first League title since 2004.
“It is never over,” said the Frenchman.
“Even if you [the media] think it is, I don’t – we can’t think like that.”
Wenger added: “We’re in a pack that is very tight and the fight for every position will be massive, maybe more this season than before.
“If it is over for us, it is over for everyone else as we are all in the pack.
“Chelsea have an advantage, they do not play in Europe, they play for nothing, they do not play midweek games and are in a strong position.”
Arsenal suffered the fifth league defeat of the season in the 3 – 1 loss to London rivals last Saturday.
Reacting to the defeat, numerous fans have called for Wenger’s exit. A fan was seen holding up a poster at Stamford Bridge last Saturday telling the Frenchman: “Enough is enough. Time to go.”
However, Wenger, 67, believes this is a critical time for the club’s fans to get behind the team as they bid to turn around their recent poor run in the English Premier League.
“We are here to win football games and when we don’t we are disappointed. It’s a good test at an important time of the season.” Wenger said in his pre-match conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Hull.
“We have a big fight in the Premier League and Champions League and still the FA Cup.
“We want to do well in all competitions, we need to get the fans behind the team because this is an important time and we need to do it together.”
The Frenchman also ruled out a move for England goalkeeper, Joe Hart, who is currently on loan at Italian side Torino.
“No. I have three world class goalkeepers and I’m happy with the three I have,” he said.
Arsenal are at home to relegation threatened Hull City on Saturday. The Gunners are fourth placed with 12 points adrift of leaders, Chelsea.
The Gunners are boosted by the return of Mohammed Elneny from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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