Wenger makes Premier League title prediction after Man City trim Arsenal lead

Joe Williams
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger attends a FIFA event.

Arsene Wenger is still backing Arsenal to win the Premier League title despite Manchester City cutting the points gap over the weekend.

The Gunners threw away a two-goal lead on Sunday as they drew 2-2 against West Ham after they saw Manchester City beat Leicester City 3-1 on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men have now cut the gap to four points on leaders Arsenal while the Citizens also have a game in hand on the Gunners as they head into their final eight matches of the Premier League season.

Many pundits and supporters are now making Man City the favourites to win the title as Arsenal still have to travel to face City at the Etihad Stadium next week.

But Wenger, who managed Arsenal from October 1996 until May 2018, is still backing his former side to beat the Citizens to the title.

“Arsenal and these players have not been in the position to win the league before,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“Hopefully they win it this year and next year it will be easier. But now, when you have never won it, there will be a moment in the season when the tension comes in.

“When you start thinking more about the need to win than the process and how to play, it gets difficult. I felt that at Arsenal when I was there too.”

Asked if Man City are now favourites for the Premier League title, Wenger replied: “No, no, no. I would say Arsenal still [will win the title].

“What you want in this position is to have things in your hand. If Arsenal win their games, they win the league so that’s an ideal position with a few games to go.

“Of course, Man City have an opportunity when they play Arsenal and that could be the decider in the championship.

“I still fancy Arsenal, I’m not completely objective here, but I do. We will also have to see how much the Champions League takes out of Man City.”

One Arsenal player determined to help his side over the line is Mohamed Elneny with the Egyptian – who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury – hopeful he can have an impact from the sidelines and in the dressing room.

On playing a role in the final weeks of the campaign, Elneny said: “I’m not on the pitch but I am still a part of what is going on at the moment.

“For me, when I come to our football club every morning, it is not in my mind that I’m not playing, no injury – I come with a smile on my face, to give energy to people when they need it.

“I come in every day and I try to give everything to my family, because we work as a family and I look I try to look after my family. I try to give everything to this family. To be successful. I talk to them, I listen. We discuss things football and not football.”

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