Arsenal manager claims Premier League title is ‘Chelsea’s to lose’
Arsene Wenger makes the Blues title favourites due to the fact that they top the table with twelve games remaining
February 14th, 2014
The Premier League title race looks like going down to the wire, especially with Liverpool capitalising on Arsenal and Chelsea’s dropped points during the week by winning at Craven Cottage.
However, Arsene Wenger has admitted that Chelsea are in the driving seat due to their lofty perch at the top of the table, with Jose Mourinho’s team having accumulated one more point than Arsenal and two more points than Manchester City.
Liverpool sit fourth a further point behind and Wenger admits that their lack of European involvement makes them a dangerous player between now and the end of the season, although the Frenchman remains confident that the Gunners can finish top of the pile.
Wenger said: “It (title race) is very open, only Chelsea can lose it because they are in front and all the other teams can win it.
“If you’re not in the race you cannot lose it, if you declare yourself not in the race you cannot lose it, simple as that,” he said.
“I think just that our job is to be ambitious and to try to win, if we do not win to take full responsibility for that. That’s as simple as that and that’s how I see it.
“I say yes we are in it, yes we will have a go for it, we will absolutely give everything to go for it and if we don’t do I will take responsibility for it, but I just see it like that.”
Arsenal face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday before playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the Gunners’ next Premier League game coming at home to Sunderland a week on Saturday.
Wenger made a veiled dig at Mourinho for recently describing Chelsea as a “little horse” and suggested that the Blues boss will have difficulty persuading anyone that his team are not title challengers.
Wenger added: “We live in a league and in a country where we have one advantage – everybody can think what he wants, (but) it is very difficult when you’re first in the league to distract people.”