Monday, February 13, 2023

Arsene Wenger makes title admission about 'remarkable' Arsenal ahead of Man City showdown

Iconic former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has conceded his old side may not get a better chance to win the Premier League title than this season.

The Gunners currently sit three points clear at the top of the table after 21 games played, but have their first league meeting with title rivals and reigning champions Manchester City on Wednesday. Arsenal have not won the league since ‘the Invincibles’ of 2004, but Mikel Arteta has overseen a surprise title charge this term and allowed the Emirates faithful to dream.

With that being said, Arsenal go into their title showdown against City having picked up just one point from their last two league fixtures. Defeat by Everton at Goodison Park was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw at home against Brentford last Saturday.

Should City topple Arsenal on their own patch this Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola’s side would leapfrog the Gunners into top-spot, though Arteta’s men would have still played a game less.

Wenger has confessed he feels his beloved old side could be left with regrets if they do fall short and fail to lift a first league title in 19 years come the end of this season as rivals could come back stronger next term.

“You win it when you can win it and you don’t care too much about the rest; you take the title and let the rest talk about it,” the Frenchman told beIN Sport.

 

“I agree the conditions next season won’t be as favourable as they are now so lets not miss this opportunity. Arsenal has 51 points after 21 games which is remarkable.

“I feel the usual threats are all out of the race. The only threat is City and even City is no not as dominant as they were last year or two years before, and I feel since the start of the season City was more vulnerable defensively than before.”

This season also marked the first that has seen Wenger return to the Emirates since his departure as manager in 2018.

The legendary ex-Arsenal boss was in the crowd for the Gunners’ Boxing Day victory over West Ham and admitted it was a night of mixed emotions for him as though his team ran out 3-1 winners, it reminded him that a “part of your life is over forever”.

Regardless of the pain Wenger still harbours over the way he left the club after 22 years, it is undeniable that the Frenchman would love to see Arsenal lift the title in three months time.

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