Arsene Wenger: Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea won’t decide title

Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal's clash with Chelsea is unlikely to decide the destination of the Premier League title

Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea later this month will not decide the destination of the Premier League title.

Wenger watched his Arsenal side move to within four points of Jose Mourinho’s men on Saturday thanks to a battling 1-0 win at Burnley.

Chelsea, who take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday, have two games in hand over their London rivals.

And Wenger played down the significance of the forthcoming clash at Emirates Stadium on 26 April.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger said: “I don’t think that our game against Chelsea will decide the Premier League title, they have two games in hand, but we have to just to keep going.

“We have promised ourselves to do as well as we can until the end and then we will see where we stand.”

Aaron Ramsey scored the only of the game at Burnley when he drilled into the roof of the net from close range in the 12th minute.

And Wenger admitted that his side were made to work hard for the victory, which was Arsenal’s eighth in succession.

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The 65-year-old Frenchman continued: “It was a battling performance more than a fluid performance, and that was because Burnley are perfectly organised and very fit to keep their shape for the full 90 minutes.

“They made life very difficult for us. The first goal was vital and we were a little bit in between: do we go for another or try to keep it tight.

“That is not always the best place to be. When you have not scored the second goal you are always under threat, but I thought we did enough to deserve to win the game.”

Arsenal’s next game is their FA Cup semi-final clash with Reading at Wembley on Saturday.

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