Wilshere retains title hope

Wilshere retains title hope

Published Apr. 19, 2011 10:35 a.m. ET

Jack Wilshere is confident Manchester United will drop points and believes "100 per cent" Arsenal can capitalise to win the Premier League.

The Gunners are now six points off United after their controversial draw with Liverpool on Sunday, in which both sides were awarded - and scored - penalties in injury-time.

Arsene Wenger's side still have to play the Red Devils at the Emirates and Wilshere is as confident as ever his side can claim the title.

The England starlet, who scooped the PFA young player of the year award on Sunday, said: "We have six cup finals left.


"We feel we are still in it. I believe that 100 per cent. If we don't believe then what chance have we got? We know the manager believes.

"Maybe the fans are starting not to believe but they are great every week, they are behind us. We have to repay that. We are confident Man Utd will drop points.

"They lost at the weekend (in the FA Cup) and they have a big game in the Champions League coming up. Maybe that can put them off.

"They still have to come to the Emirates. If we beat them then maybe we can put them on a bad run."

But to keep their fading title hopes alive, Wenger's side must beat arch-rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Wilshere added: "Arsenal versus Tottenham is massive for the fans.

"It's the one they want to win all year. So we have to put the Liverpool game behind us.

"We have to go to Tottenham and not just do it for the fans but do it for ourselves and keep our title hopes alive.''

As regards the London Olympics next summer, Wilshere says it would be a "dream" to take part, despite the spectacle coming after the Euro 2012 finals, with the fear among some there could be 'burn-out' for players.

But Wilshere is adamant he would love to play if selected, saying: "The Olympics are going to be massive in London.

"It will be brilliant. It would be a dream to play in the Olympics."