Wenger retains slim title ambitions despite Palace draw


He told the London Evening Standard: “If you look objectively at our season we have done better than anybody against the big teams… but we did not turn up when we felt we were less under pressure”.

Arsenal have fallen out of the Premier League title race and Jens Lehmann feels they only have themselves to blame.

‘If you’re an Arsenal supporter there have definitely been better times’.

Lehmann, who was part of the 2003-04 team that went through the entire league season unbeaten reckons his former club have flattered to deceive again, as Arsene Wenger’s men sit 13 points behind leaders Leicester City in fourth place.

‘It’s a fact they threw the title away, of course they did.

However, Wenger refused to say his side were no longer contenders and called for focus ahead of their clash with West Brom on Thursday. They commit their full-backs high and wide and they win a lot of games in the last moments. And in the end we got caught with basically a unique shot on goal from Crystal Palace.

“It’s going to be hard for two of those teams below us to get 40 points”, added Pardew, who will make changes at Old Trafford to give players an opportunity to earn a Wembley start.

Pardew said: “Dann is so important to us and has been all year, so when he took that knock I was a little bit concerned”.

After starting 2016 top of the Premier League table, Arsenal now face a battle to qualify for the Champions League after winning just two of their last seven games.

“In the first-half the possession was probably something like 97-3, but we came back and we have been strong”. They defended deep and well and hit us on the break.

“I’m very disappointed. It is one of those days where you don’t like to do a press conference after because it is not pleasant”.

“But we can also look forward, with that point, to getting towards mid-table which is where I think we belong”. That’s not a deficiency in the game plan or a deficiency of the manager – it is to be admired. We are a team that likes to take the initiative.


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