Monday, 19 December 2011

Wenger concedes title race

Following their narrow defeat at the hands of Manchester City, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his side are all but out of the race for the Premier League title this season.

The Gunners produced a courageous effort but failed to score in a thrilling game at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. People looking at the football odds will know how close they came.

It was a goal from Spain international David Silva which was ultimately the difference between the two attacking teams, as City went back to the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory.

Arsenal would have to overhaul a 12 point gap if they were to leapfrog the top flight frontrunners and Wenger believes it might be too much to ask of his players this season. Fans of Premier League betting should bear this in mind.

The Frenchman said: "If we had won the game we would have come back to six points and with players coming back like our full-backs and [Jack] Wilshere  and [Abou] Diaby - we will have a better squad in the second half of the season.

"At the moment we are too far behind.”

The Gunners will have to put that defeat to City behind them and they don’t have to wait long to turn things around, as they get set to take on Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Villa were unconvincing in their last outing, as they went down 2-0 to Liverpool at Villa Park on Sunday and manager Alex McLeish will be expecting a more spirited performance from his side when they host an Arsenal outfit, who will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.  

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