Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Benfica

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 16:20

Friendly Match

Red Bull Arena

Last Game

New York Red Bulls 1 - 0 Arsenal

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 22:00

Friendly Match

Wenger still targeting title

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's performance against Manchester City will show they have not given up on winning the Premier League.

Last Updated: 29/03/14 at 20:03 Post Comment

Arsenal go into this weekend's Saturday Night Football game now 100/1 outsiders for the title in the wake of a 6-0 hammering at Chelsea and Tuesday's failure to beat Swansea.

The first of those results led to fresh speculation Wenger could walk way when his deal is up this summer, while a 2-2 draw in midweek means fifth-placed Everton are now just six points behind with a game in hand and a home fixture against Arsenal to come next week.

But on the eve of City's visit Wenger made it clear his long-term plans have not changed and said he is entirely focused on bridging another six-point gap - to leaders Chelsea - in the remaining seven games.

"There is no other priority other than coming first," said Wenger. "That is still our target.

"Champions keep going when everybody else would give up. We have an opportunity to show that we have that mentality.

"If people say Everton can catch us then we can catch the teams above us. We have not given up, believe me. It's our attitude tomorrow which will show that.

"It is the next game that is of course very important, and the next game is of massive importance because it is Man City and they fight at the top.

"They are the favourites with Chelsea and Liverpool, but when you play one of the favourites, you have an opportunity to shorten the distance to them."

Arsenal were beaten 6-3 at the Etihad in December but have not lost a league game at home since the opening day of the season, and Wenger said: "We play at the Emirates where we show big strengths and we want to show that again.

"There are plenty of positives to take from the game at the Etihad. But of course we must defend better."

Wenger was asked about criticism from former Manchester United player Paul Scholes, who this week said Arsenal are "a million miles away" from winning the title.

He said: "If six points is a million miles away...I don't know what the translation of a mile into a point is. People who have managed zero games have opinions and we have to accept that."

Wenger has now managed more than 1,000 games at Arsenal, but he is yet to commit publicly to extending his contract beyond the end of the season.

Recent setbacks, and his decision to cancel a press conference ahead of the Swansea game, led to speculation he could yet decide to leave this summer.

But senior figures at the club have consistently said the manager will sign a new deal, and Wenger said: "My commitment is not questionable. I have given my word, and I always respect my word."

Bacary Sagna's contract is also up this summer, and Inter Milan's president this week claimed the right-back has decided to stay in England.

That prompted reports linking Sagna with Manchester City, but Wenger said: "I'm confident he will stay, but we will accept his decision and go with it."

Watch Arsenal v Manchester City live on Sky Sports 1 this Saturday. Coverage begins at 5pm

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer News: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property