Arsene Wenger admits that Chelsea are “super-favourites” for the title but believes the Blues can still throw it all away before the end of the season.
Antonio Conte’s side are currently six points clear at the top of the table, and nine ahead of Arsenal, having gone on a club-record 12-match winning streak in the Premier League.
The last team to beat Chelsea in the league were Arsenal, who cruised to a 3-0 win back in September and Wenger says the title is not decided just yet.
“At the moment Chelsea is the super-favourite because they are quite big and made a big difference. But it is theirs to lose as we say here in England,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“They can still lose it, at the moment they have won it but they can still lose it. It’s still a long way to go and very difficult for everybody so the head-to-head games [between the biggest teams] will have a vital importance.
“Chelsea have addressed their problems well. You have to give credit to Conte for finding a solution that has balanced well his team. They bought David Luiz who stabilised their defensive record and I think overall they are the team that has been the most consistent until now.”
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Chelsea are now closing in on Arsenal’s record of 13 straight Premier League wins and Wenger says he will congratulate them if they manage it.
“They had a little bit of a dodgy start to the season, but since they’ve changed their system they are on a run where confidence plays a big part. If they do [beat Arsenal’s record], you can only say ‘well done’,” he added.
“Records are there to be beaten and if somebody does better than you, you have to acknowledge it and say ‘well done’.”
Chelsea face Stoke City on New Year’s Eve before a trip to White Hart Lane on January 4 and on current form few would bet against them dropping points.
However, the Blues have a tricky looking fixture list in January with games against Spurs, Leicester and Liverpool to come before the big clash with Arsenal on February 4.