Arsene Wenger insists that his side are capable of winning the title notwithstanding their gaffe against Olympiacos in midweek when they lost 3-2 to the Greek Champions following a series of errors at the back. The Gunners now face Manchester United at the Emirates where a win will see them go level with the table toppers.
The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure during his press conference where he threatened to walk out if forced to answer questions over his nemesis Jose Mourinho and his team selection against Olympiacos. The 65-year-old dropped Petr Cech to the bench to bring on David Ospina, who made a blunder for the second goal, allowing Olympiacos to come back into the game and eventually win the contest.
Arsenal have not won the title in over a decade, with their last win coming in the Invincible era in 2003/04. However, the Gunners looked to have turned a corner with back-to-back FA Cup wins but a staggering start to the Premier League campaign raised more questions about their title credentials.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane came out with his assessment of the Gunners, stating that they are too soft and weak to be able to seriously challenge for the title. Wenger was more optimistic with his detail, stating that there are only fine margins between them and the leaders which can be mollified with a win this coming Sunday, 4 October.
"If I tell you now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don't believe that we can win the Premier League, what do you tell me? You will slaughter me," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Look, we play in the Premier League on Sunday. We have just won 5-2 at Leicester, so I don't see why we should be absolutely down. We are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League.
"We had a disappointment in the Champions League, we have to analyse it well. But I don't see why we should not believe we can beat Man United.
"It was disappointing to lose, but overall every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester."