Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can still win the Premier League, despite passing up the opportunity to capitalise on Manchester United’s slip-up on Tuesday night.
The Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw by Tottenham Hotspur after letting go a two goal lead.
After United’s draw with Newcastle on Tuesday, the Gunners needed a victory over their close rivals to close the gap between themselves and the league leaders to four points.
Wenger praised his side after the draw and told BBC Sport he believes his side can continue their long unbeaten run, which has lasted 15 games so far: “They have an outstanding attitude. We’ll fight like mad for the next game. We can do it.
“We’re on a 15-game unbeaten run, and no-one else has done that. Chelsea are now back in the race. Chelsea play Manchester United and Tottenham, but it’s down to us. We have to keep our faith and keep battling.”
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Spanish newspaper criticised.
Arsene Wenger has criticised Spanish newspaper Don Balon, insisting the publication twisted Cesc Fabregas’s words in an interview, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners skipper’s comments suggested he blamed Wenger’s use of youth players and the team’s lack of a winning mentality for the lack of trophies over the past six years.
The Spaniard took to Twitter to slam the newspaper: “Incredible that people try and twist everything to make headlines. Arsene Wenger has had a huge impact on me and my career. Great man.”
Speaking after his side’s 3-3 draw with Spurs, Wenger said: “The article bothers me.
“This was an article organised by the club with a check viewing of the article. Not only did the author not respect the agreement, but also he did twist completely the article and we are really upset about it.
“It was not an attack on my philosophy.
“That is not what he (Fabregas) said. He said completely the opposite.”
Arshavin: Only blame ourselves.
Andrei Arshavin believes Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League are slim and says the players have only themselves to blame, says a report on Goal.com.
The Gunners currently sit six points behind Manchester United and were leapfrogged by Chelsea on Wednesday night on goal difference.
Arshavin says catching Sir Alex Ferguson’s men is not an impossible task, but it is a very difficult one: “We are fighting, but we have few chances. To catch up with Manchester United is of course very difficult. The main task for us now is to achieve maximum points from our remaining matches.”
The Russian added that the players are to blame for not holding on to their one goal lead against Liverpool, not the referee: “Only the referee can decide when to blow the final whistle. [Jamie] Carragher was treated for a very long time.
“In any case, the blame is with ourselves. No matter how much time the referee added, it was left to us to competently see out the game.
“We all want to prove our critics wrong but, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to yet.”