Wenger admits missing the title race mind games

After the recent mind games between Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Arsene Wenger has revealed he misses the mind games that come with challenging for the Premier League title, The Telegraph reports.

The Arsenal boss is concentrating on steering his side to a third placed finish this season, which will be a massive improvement to the horrible start and criticism Wenger endured. Wenger’s side can cause real damage to City’s title charge with victory at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, but the Arsenal boss wishes he was challenging for the title at the business end of the season. Ferguson and Wenger enjoyed their various mind-game battles over the years and the Frenchman has revealed his tinge of regret when thinking about the title charge this season.

Wenger said: “You observe from outside. I would prefer to be in there, what you want is to be involved in the title race and we were not. That is basically sad, but I don’t think that until now, from the mind games I have seen, it has had a direct influence on results. The newspapers always like that, but we could never measure the influence of that on the players.”

Arsenal are on a good run of form with seven wins out of their last eight Premier League fixtures, which Wenger hopes will give his side the confidence to kick on and secure their automatic Champions League qualification for next season. Tottenham’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday will allow the Gunners to stretch the gap to three points if they beat City at the Emirates Stadium.

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