Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has backed Wenger’s side to lift the Premier League title this year, also admitting that it might be in the club’s best interests to bow out of the Champions League (via the Metro). Arsenal have produced a string of impressive results over the past few weeks, but are still languishing in fourth place in the group for the Champions League, while we are topping the table in the domestic competition.
Obviously, we are still in with a strong chance to qualify, but it would require some exceptional performances away from home to ensure progress. In the Premier League meanwhile, we have a real chance to accelerate away from the rest of the pack and pile the pressure onto Manchester City.
Of course, a club as big as Arsenal are expected to compete on multiple fronts, but the small size of our squad prevents us from doing so effectively, and injuries to key players like Ramsey only serve to further increase the workload on the rest of the team. Taking this into consideration, Wright expressed his opinion that Arsenal would be better off focusing all their energies in the Premier League and letting the Champions League be a lesser priority.
Speaking to BreatheSport, he said, “[The victory against] City [last season] was a defining moment and now we’ve done it again.
“If Arsenal can continue to play with that discipline, keep it tight and have Theo Walcott up front to break with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil doing their stuff up front, then you have to say the Champions League doesn’t bother me.
“I don’t think we’re going to win the Champions League this year – I think we’ve got a better chance of winning the Premier League. I never want Arsenal to lose but I do want them to win the Premier and I think they’ve got a very good chance this season. I think we can chase City down.”
Provided we can maintain this sort of momentum going forward and also avoid injuries to key players, it is certainly within the realm of possibility that Arsenal reclaim the most coveted prize in English football once more.