Arsene Wenger claims the title still isn’t out of reach this season, but believes we have to take each game one at a time and not dream too much, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Frenchman obviously knows that the title is more than likely out of our grasp, as Leicester have a commanding lead and don’t look like letting their grip on it go.
He’s drawing on past experiences though, and knows full well that you can’t give up until that final whistle. We’ve gone on fantastic runs in the past, and equally have seen plenty of teams stumble at the last hurdle. It’s incredibly dangerous to get ahead of ourselves and start thinking a late title surge might be possible, but we also shouldn’t just give up and accept defeat.
“To go on a later run, you need to find a team who clicks at the right moment,” said Wenger.
“[For that] sometimes you have all kinds of reasons: because your injured players come back like [Danny] Welbeck, because of the emergence of some players like [Alex] Iwobi.
“In 1998 we had a game in hand and suddenly we had a good run.
“We played at Wimbledon and the electricity went off, the game was cancelled and we won when it was replayed, we won at Man United, and suddenly everybody thought it was possible.
“Unfortunately this time we have to fight with two teams. But before we speak about that we have to show we can sustain a strong run.
“I feel the technical quality of our game and the pace of our game is good. That’s a good basis.
“We have to be realistic and just prepare for the next game and not dream too much. We have suffered recently and that will help us to keep the focus.”
We showed our quality against Watford this past weekend, and if we can play like that consistently over the next couple of months then it’s more than possible for us to go undefeated from now until the end of the campaign. Leicester have been scraping 1-0 wins recently, and playing that way even the slightest mistake can cost you points.
Things could have been totally different had Southampton’s Sadio Mane put his early chance away, but despite being one-on-one with the keeper, he fluffed his lines. That moment arguably proved the difference maker, and it’s unclear whether Leicester could have recovered had they gone behind at that stage.
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At the very least we should be looking to finish above Tottenham, as losing out on the title to Leicester would be bad enough, but combine that with a failure to celebrate St Totteringhams’s day and the season really would be a disaster.