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Arsene Wenger assesses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances

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By Dan Critchlow

MONACO, MONACO: Arsene Wenger winner of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award speaks at the Winners Press Conference during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Christian Alminana/Getty Images for Laureus)

After the first couple of months of the season, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal sit at the top of the Premier League table, one point clear of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

That could all change very quickly, especially with the run of games Arsenal have coming up. The Gunners face Spurs and Liverpool in their next two fixtures, major tests for their title credentials.

Ahead of those two matches, Arsene Wenger has claimed Arsenal have a good chance in the title race this season.

“I would say they have a good chance [of winning the league] this season because I don’t see any super dominating team,” Wenger said. “I believe that it is a good opportunity to do it this season.

“Of course, it’s a little bit of a special season as well because you have the World Cup in the middle and you don’t know how much that will affect the performances of the individual players and of the teams.

“Overall, I believe there is a good opportunity there this season.”

Arsene Wenger (R), manager of Arsenal FC and Mikel Arteta address the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2014 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY: Arsene Wenger (R), then manager of Arsenal FC, and Mikel Arteta address the media during a press conference on March 10, 2014. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It’s certainly true that all the potential title contenders have had slip-ups already this campaign. Manchester City and Spurs have largely been in good form, but they’ve dropped points to the likes of Aston Villa (15th) and West Ham (18th).

Manchester United have lost to Brentford and Brighton, Chelsea have suffered defeats to Southampton and Leeds United, and Liverpool have dropped points in four of their six matches.

Third-place Spurs have often been underwhelming even in the games they’ve won, though the same can’t be said for City.

Personally, I’d say if Pep Guardiola’s side continue roughly as they’ve started, it will probably be enough to see off the competition in the end.

All the same, this is closer than Arsenal have been to a title challenge in quite a few years. A couple of good results against Spurs and Liverpool would certainly have the fans dreaming.

Source: Daily Cannon.