Premier League title is Chelsea’s to lose, admits Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that this season's Premier League title is now Chelsea's to lose
Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League is now Chelsea’s to lose, despite Jose Mourinho’s insistence that his side are not title favourites.
The Blues are currently a point clear of Wenger’s Arsenal side at the top of the Premier League table with 12 games left to play this season.
Only Chelsea can lose it now because they are in front
Mourinho has relentlessly played down his Chelsea side’s chances of winning the top-flight crown this season, despite their league position and recent good form.
But Wenger feels that the west Londoners have the best chance of lifting the trophy in May simply because of their position at the top of the table.
“Only Chelsea can lose it now because they are in front,” said Wenger ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
“All the other teams can win it. I always said that many teams are in it and that it will be very tight until the end.”
Wenger also insisted that his side remain firmly in the hunt for the top-flight title, despite many still questioning Arsenal’s status as genuine title contenders.
He continued: “If you declare yourself not in the race you cannot lose it. Our job is to be ambitious and to try to win and if we do not win, take responsibility for it. That’s how I see it.
“I say, yes we are in it, yes we will go for it – we’ll absolutely give everything to go for it. And if we don’t do it, I will take responsibility for it.”
Wenger also defended his side’s performance in Wednesday’s goalless draw with Manchester United at Emirates Stadium, which came on the back of their 5-1 drubbing at Liverpool.
“You can say what you want, when you just conceded five goals you do not go into the next game and act like nothing happened,” he said.
“But I feel that we got the mental response I expected from the team, they were hugely committed. With a bit more confidence we would have been a bit more composed on the ball in some situations in the game that could have had an influence on the result in the end.”