Wenger backs Arsenal for title bid

BY foxsports • September 30, 2013

Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side can mount a title challenge and thinks the race to win the Premier League could involve several teams.

The Gunners went two points clear at the summit with Saturday's 2-1 win at Swansea as Aaron Ramsey set up Serge Gnabry for the first and added the second himself.

The victory in south Wales extends Arsenal's club-record run of away wins to 12, and was their eighth straight success in all competitions since their opening-day defeat against Aston Villa.

While the north London side are in a rich vein of form, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all made stuttering starts under new management.

The likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, meanwhile, have all enjoyed positive beginnings, and Wenger believes we could be about to witness an unpredictable, wide open title race.

He said: "We have the desire to be champions, you can see that.

"It's still the early stages of the season, we have only played six games, but I would have signed up to have 15 points now after losing the first game.

"Let's just try and keep going. We have a chance but it is very open.

"You can add Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton to the top four, it will be very interesting.

"What has changed compared to years before is that at 80 per cent you will not beat any team in the Premier League.

"You have to be at least between 95 and 100 per cent and that promises a very interesting season."

Towards the end of Saturday's game in Swansea, Wenger, celebrating 17 years in charge of Arsenal, was praised by the unlikely figure of Lord Sugar, the former Tottenham owner, on Twitter.

The entrepreneur stated that Wenger was the best manager in the top flight.

"It's a nice compliment but I feel every manager in the Premier League is good," said Wenger.

"You cannot measure how good a manager is, you just try to do the job, but I accept the compliment."

The stand-out figure during Arsenal's excellent recent run has been Ramsey.

The Wales midfielder has been the driving force behind their resurgence, and his goal against Swansea was his eighth of the campaign to date.

His contributions have stood out in a team including midfield talent of the calibre of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, and the England man believes there is even more to come from his colleague.

"His fitness levels are not normal," said Wilshere.

"He's naturally so fit he can score at any time in the game. You can see that. He's pushing on in the 94th minute. Not many players can do that. He's got his confidence back, which is nice to see.

"If he carries on playing the way he is and working hard, he can improve further.

"He's got a great appetite for the game. He wants to improve. He's training all the time. He's not missing a training session, he's fit, he's young and he's showing his best form.

"Hopefully he can continue it and get even better."