Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Monday night’s match between the Gunners and Manchester City at the Emirates should not be seen as a battle the two sole challengers for the Premier League, especially with table toppers Leicester City in red hot form (via Daily Express).
The Frenchman believes despite the fact the Foxes were only promoted a season earlier, their surge to the top of the table should not be taken lightly and we could bare witness to one of the biggest shocks in top flight history.
If Arsenal take all three points against Manchester City on Monday night they will still trail Leicester by two points, and while most people are still refusing to take the threat of Claudio Ranieri’s team seriously, Wenger knows from bitter experience that anything can happen.
When Wenger was a fresh faced manager with Monaco back in 1994-1995 he received an urgent plea from another Ligue 1 manager.
While being interviewed by the Daily Express, Wenger said: “A team like Leicester winning the league happened once in my life, when a friend of mine was coaching Nantes.”
“He asked me to give him on loan one of my players who was not 100 per cent regular but I said no. So because he had no choice he played all the youngsters – and won the championship. That’s the first time. Now, with Leicester, we have a second!”
It would certainly be a mighty achievement if Leicester could manage to hang on and win the Premier League, but just a quick glance at Odds Checker will show you that all the top bookmakers have Manchester City as their choice with Arsenal a close second.
That could all change tonight, however the Gunners should come out on top with City’s defence looking particularly vulnerable.