Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Chelsea are untouchable after watching his side slip further behind the leaders following their 2-1 loss at Swansea on Sunday.
Sixth-placed Arsenal are now 12 points behind Jose Mourinho’s table-toppers after only 11 league games played. With 27 more matches to go Wenger concedes the title is Chelsea’s to lose.
“At the moment Chelsea are on course for 100 points this season,” said Wenger.
“If you look at the number of points they have today, if they keep that up nobody will catch them, that’s for sure. There doesn’t look to be anybody capable to challenge them at the moment.”
Having relinquished a three-goal lead at home to Anderlecht during a 3-3 UEFA Champions League last week, the Gunners’ defensive frailties were on display again in south Wales. Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a 63rd-minute lead at the Liberty Stadium, but two goals in three minutes in the final quarter, from Gylfi Sigurdsson and substitute Bafetimbi Gomis, left Wenger empty-handed.
“I think it’s a game that we were quite in control of at 1-0,” Wenger said. “But I felt that we allowed them back into the game by losing some challenges in the middle of the park. You cannot afford to lose them. It’s unfortunate to lose a game like that but we were not rigorous until the end.
“We produced quite a decent performance for 75 minutes but you have to last for 90 minutes. It’s disappointing but we have to take it on the chin. But give Swansea credit…Swansea are a good team.”
The French boss added: “We have had a very disappointing week, considering the performances we produced and the end results we got, it’s very disappointing. We were 3-0 up against Anderlecht and 1-0 up today and in the end we lose two points against Anderlecht and three points today. You have to be capable, once you are 1-0 up and a big team, to win the game.
“I don’t know how much damaging it is, but we had an opportunity to come back into the top four.”