Wenger still Gunning for title
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule Arsenal out of the title race, despite a slow start.
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule Arsenal out of the title race, despite being 14 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United.
The Gunners reached the UEFA Champions League final last term, but only managed to secure fourth spot domestically, on the last day of the season.
Again this season, the Emirates Stadium side have struggled for consistency in the league and head into the festive period having already suffered four defeats this term.
While Wenger admits his team's prospects are slim, he has refused to rule his talented young side out of the title race altogether.
"It looks far away, and that is why I believe at the moment it would look a bit pretentious to say that we will be champions this time - but on the other hand, I have not given up," the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports.
"I feel there is potential in the team and we are not missing a lot.
"Perhaps we are lacking that bit of concentration and the games at home where we are always 1-0 down at set-pieces.
"Overall what makes me positive is this team can make a great comeback because they have a special character and special qualities."
All four of Arsenal's matches over the festive period come against sides at the bottom end of the table, and midfielder Tomas Rosicky has also returned to fitness ahead of the weekend.
Despite Freddie Ljungberg's injury, which will keep him out until the turn of the year, the Czech Republic international believes Arsenal can put together a strong winning run.
"It has been difficult because I have been injured twice, but now I feel very good," Rosicky told the club's website.
"It will be a very hard period and so it is good now the manager has another option now because suddenly Freddie is injured.
"Usually where I have played there has been a winter break, so this is new for me, but I am looking forward to it."