Arsenal manager writes off title chances and focuses on top four fight
Arsene Wenger in no mood to dream of Premier League title after 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace
April 18th, 2016
Arsenal are not going to be Premier League champions this season. Arsene Wenger took a while to admit this but Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace has effectively ended hopes of first place.
Indeed, the London side might be in a battle to land a Champions League spot, with Manchester United and West Ham potentially in the hunt for a top four place and it’s not a fact that has been lost on Arsene Wenger.
“Honestly after the game today I am not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship, I am more in the kind of mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game,” Arsenal’s manager said.
“It is much more about that and to look behind us because everybody is playing well and winning games. For us it could be a fight until the end to get the place in the top four. If we can do more, we will do more but let’s not dream and focus on the next game.”
Arsenal had led thanks to an Alexis Sánchez goal. “You have to sometimes win 1-0 and this was one of those days,” Wenger said.
“I think you have to be very careful as a Premier League manager because you guys can definitely kick us to pieces when we say something silly,” Alan Pardew said.
“But I do think it’s going to be difficult maybe for two of those teams to get 40 below us because with our goal difference that’s probably what we need. One could do it, I don’t know. But we still have four games left. I think we’re a mid-table team and we need to prove that.”