Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has agreed that this is his side’s last chance to remain in the title race and believes his players can deliver the goods against Manchester City.
Arsenal head into this game six points behind league leaders Chelsea after two terrible results in the league against Chelsea and Swansea City. The Arsenal fans were expecting a response from his side after the 6-0 hammering they suffered against the Blues, but the Gunners failed to hold on to their lead against Swansea City in the second half as a bizarre own goal from Mathieu Flamini provided the Welsh side with a draw. The London side’s task doesn’t get any easier this week as they host title favourites Manchester City at the Emirates – a club which scored six past them in their first meeting in the league this season.
Wenger has accepted that this is the last chance for his side to remain in the title race and insisted that they haven’t given up yet despite the recent run of poor results.
“It is [our last chance to stay in the title race], yes. But I believe that we have to keep going despite the past two negative results. If people say that Everton can catch us, that means we can catch the teams above us as well because they play against each other.
“The next game is of massive importance because it is Man City and they fight at the top. They are the favourites with Chelsea and Liverpool, but when you play one of the favourites you have an opportunity to shorten the distance with them.
“We have not given up, believe me. We can show that [on Saturday] – it is our attitude that will decide that. Champions keep going when everybody else would give up. We have an opportunity to show that we have that mentality.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Wenger also accepted that a top four finish isn’t good enough as they strive for improvement on past seasons, but believes that it is not all doom and gloom as painted by the media.
“We want to finish first in the league and the other priorities are still there. You want to be in the Champions League of course, but it is never good enough to be anything other than first.
“You want to do as well as you can in sport and that is the ultimate target. You hope always you are the best. After that, second, third, fourth is less good.
“If you ask any team, they have to be in the top four. You cannot say as well it is a shame but you want to be first. You do not work day and night to be second.
“Let’s not forget we are in an important race in the Premier League, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. It is not as doom and gloom as everybody paints the situation.
“We live in a period where every game is a definite judgement forever, but life is movement and life is change. Change is part of having disappointments and transforming them into positivity.” – Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.