Arsene Declares Team Desire

Wenger has recently seen his side beaten by
Blackburn in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the
Champions League. But he believes they can secure the runners-up
spot in the league, despite being nine points
behind second-placed Manchester City with 11
games left. “Man City is not out of reach. It could be a tight
fight until the end,” said the Arsenal boss. Despite enduring a torrid time last week in cup competition, Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday was their third straight league success,
following victories against Sunderland and Stoke. Yet they remain fifth in the table, behind City,
Chelsea and Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s north
London derby at White Hart Lane. Manchester United, who Arsenal still have to play
at Emirates Stadium on 28 April, are 21 points
clear of the Gunners at the top of the table. Wenger insists his team can not only overtake
Tottenham and Chelsea, but also overhaul City
and qualify automatically for a place in next
season’s Champions League group stage. “I’m not sure it will only be a fight with
Tottenham,” he added when asked about the
battle for fourth. “I’m not sure the other places
are not reachable. “Chelsea are just ahead and even Manchester City
is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until
the end.” Arsenal have not finished outside the Premier
League’s top four since Wenger took charge in
September 1996. The last time they ended the season in the top
two was in 2004-05 when they were runners-up
to Chelsea.


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