Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal retain an interest in the title race – but admits they’ll need to win all their remaining games to have any chance of overhauling Leicester and Tottenham.
The Gunners could go into Sunday’s televised clash with Crystal Palace 16 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester, but Wenger refuses to wave the white flag just yet.
After Palace, Arsenal face games with West Brom (h), Sunderland (a), Norwich (h), Manchester City (a) and Aston Villa (h) and Wenger said of their title hopes: “We need a strong run now.
“There is pressure but a lot of pressure on the teams around us.
“It is perceived the title is over but I don’t think that completely.
“We have to fight from now until the end of the season.”
“It’s tight. We have to look behind us because everybody is chasing. But, as well, there could still be twists and turns before the end.
“We want to fight to still put pressure on teams in front of us. We need a strong run at home now and that’s what we want to do.
“It is perceived that the championship is over, but I don’t think that completely even if Leicester are in a very strong position. We have to fight until the last minute of the season. It would be over if we lost and they win, so that’s why we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“It could happen, but let’s be in the position No3, No2 or No1,” Wenger said.
Wenger on Ozil
One man who will be central to Arsenal’s hopes is Mesut Ozil, with the German returning to goalscoring form in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with West Ham.
Speaking about Ozil’s nomination for PFA Player of the Year, Wenger said it was richly deserved after the player’s best season yet at the Emirates.
“He has been more efficient,” Wenger said of Ozil. “He has created more chances and scored more goals.
“I hope he will get 10 goals because that is the tally he should get.
“But he is miles ahead on assists and deserves this kind of award.”