Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the points total required to win the Premier League this season, and believes that given the tight nature of the English top flight this year, a relatively low figure of around 80 points could be all that’s needed.
Speaking at his press conference, the Arsenal manager expressed his thoughts on the title race. The official Arsenal transcript of the interview has Wenger calling this one of the closest title races in years.
“It looks to be very tight,” Wenger said.
“We have played 16 games and the top team is on 35 points, so it means that the Premier League could be decided at around 80 points.”
The various challenges facing Arsenal this season include injuries, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, and the unprecedented rise of Leicester City, but the title is still well within our grasp.
With a look at the past, Arsenal have often come up short on Wenger’s projected points total by just a few points. It’s not unheard of for a team to win the title with a lower points tally though, and most memorably Manchester United won the league in 1996/97 with only 75 points.
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With key stars such as Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla hopefully returning before the end of the season, the Gunners could be in with their best chance of an actual title bid in years. Leicester City are doing all the top teams favours by beating important title contenders, and Arsenal could benefit heavily from this – as they are the only ones who have beaten Leicester in the league this term.
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The last team to win the league with 80 points was Manchester United in 2011, on average it takes a few more than that though, so Arsenal should be aiming to go beyond Wenger’s prediction of 80.