Arsenal are out of Premier League title race, says Gunners legend

Arsenal won't recover from their Chelsea loss and are out of the Premier League title race, according to Alan Smith

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Smith has conceded Arsenal are out of the Premier League title race.

The Gunners are seven points behind leaders Chelsea after Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss to the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Mathematically they aren’t but I don’t think they can recover from that [Chelsea loss]

Alan Smith

Manchester City hoisted themselves above Arsenal and into third place courtesy of a 5-0 victory over Fulham, whilst second-placed Liverpool beat Cardiff.

And Smith, who won the English top-flight crown in 1989, reckons Wenger’s men won’t be crown Premier League champions at the end of the season.

“Yes [Arsenal are out of the title race. Mathematically they aren’t but I don’t think they can recover from that [Chelsea loss],” Smith told Sky Sports News.

“They’ve led for so many months and it looked like it might be their year. But unfortunately against the big teams, they’ve been found wanting.”

Smith also questioned Wenger’s tactics against Arsenal’s Premier League title rivals this season.

“You have to look at the tactics. A lot of managers in that situation would have said for the first half let’s just be nice and tight.

“Yes we’ll commit men forward but if we do lose the ball, we won’t be exposed.

“Wenger has never done that down the years. He has always taken the view that Arsenal will play their own game.

“In days leading up to these matches, he doesn’t work on the opposition or have shadow play the way that we used to under George Graham.

“Obviously Wenger is a totally different manager and has achieved amazing success but with the set of players that he has got now, he needs to change his approach to these matches.

“He can’t afford to be so open and attacking as he has been over the years.”

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