Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0: Arsene Wenger concedes defeat in title race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Chelsea won't be caught at the top of the Premier League table

Arsene Wenger named Chelsea as Premier League champions after his Arsenal side lacked the “right decisions” to win at Emirates Stadium.

The Blues cemented their 10-point lead over the north London side thanks to a dogged performance in a stalemate on Sunday afternoon.

Cesc Fabregas and Oscar had first-half penalty claims dismissed by referee Michael Oliver, whilst Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was fortunate to go unpunished for a handball in Thibaut Courtois’ area.

Speaking to BBC Sport following the goalless draw, Wenger conceded defeat in the Premier League title race after Arsenal’s eight-game winning run came to a shuddering halt in north London.

“Chelsea will be champions. We know that. It is impossible to lose it now,” Wenger said.

Arsenal had 12 attempts on the Chelsea goal as well as enjoying 57 per cent of the possession in the top-of-the-table clash at The Emirates.

But Gunners manager Wenger accepted that FA Cup finalists lacked a ruthless edge despite their dominance with the ball.

Wenger continued: “We produced a performance that was requested. In the first half we played with the right intensity but we lacked the right decisions. In the second half our intensity dropped and it was too comfortable for Chelsea.

“In the final few minutes we had dangerous situations and we have regrets about some chances. Both teams defended well and lacked something in the final third.

“Look, they had an appeal for a penalty in the first half when the referee played advantage but I would have to look at them again.”

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