Arsenal are not title contenders presently – Arsene Wenger

Arsenal Football Club manager, Arsene Wenger seems to have conceded that his side may not win the league title this year, following the Gunners 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday. They are now nine points off the top.

Arsene Wenger concedes that his team would need to make up the gap in the coming months. According to him, “At the moment you cannot say that we are [title contenders] because we are far away… We’ve played away at United, City, Liverpool and Stoke, so we’ve many difficult away games. We have got positive results and the 1-1 at Man City was a good result. We didn’t suffer there by comparison to the United game.”

The Arsenal Manager also admitted that his team’s defensive performances have dipped, after they started the season brightly: “I just think we are not on full cylinders and looked much more vulnerable defensively than we did at the start of the season,” he stated. “There’s no obvious reason for that. Also, United have quality up front. They score against everybody and they scored against us as well.

“We had a lot of the ball, but didn’t do enough with it. You feel it was a bit of an illusionary domination. We had a lot of the ball but they created more chances and deserved to win the game.”