Arsene Wenger is adamant that Arsenal can not only beat Liverpool at Anfield but also pip rivals Chelsea and Manchester United for the Premier League title by winning the remaining games of the season.
To progress into the last four of the Champions League, Arsenal must score at least once on Tuesday evening and, having triumphed only twice in their previous eleven games, must rediscover the winning habit that appears to have deserted them in the last two months.
Wenger though, remains upbeat that his side can reverse their recent dip in form and – their league prospects having been helped by Manchester United’s failure to beat Middlesbrough – continue their double bid for silverware.
“You have to accept you might lose, but what is important is that you can believe you can win. But if I didn’t believe we could win the Champions League, I wouldn’t be sitting here.
We have belief we can win everywhere in the world. We’ll try to play the game to win it rather than go to penalties. Patience may be needed. I’d like to score early goals, as many as we can, but if we need to be patient, we will be.”
It’s good to see the manager talking about belief and keeping the faith in going for a win, even though their task is a lot harder than it was just a week ago.
Plus Arsenal also have to play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday for the first of their five remaining league games and they’ll need to win all 5 to stand a chance of winning the title.
“I believe we can do it. We did have a dip recently, it’s true. We can’t deny that. But football is strange sometimes. We feel as well that we dropped a few points, but we’ve been consistent since the beginning of the season.
So it’s possible we can win the last five games. Of course, I said that before the Liverpool game as well, but I said five games and one draw would make it. It is compulsory that we win at Old Trafford.
I still believe we will finish champions in this league. The result helped a lot. If they’d won, I’d have thought we couldn’t (win the league) but, now, I still believe we’ll do it.”
Can’t argue with that – although IMO Arsenal are going to lose the league by more than 2 points so the Boro result isn’t really the one game that’s turned it all around for Arsenal (might have for Chelsea though).
Wenger also talked about Rosicky and his chances for Euro 08:
“We have to consider that (he might miss the Euro 08), unfortunately, it is a possibility at the moment. It’s not a certainty. Surprisingly, today is the first day where he could run at a little bit higher pace than usual without any pain. We will have to see his evolution. It’s been nine weeks now with no significant evolution in his injury.”
It’ll be a shame to see Rosicky miss Euro 08, but for Arsenal a fourth season without winning the Premier League will put the manager under pressure, even if it’s just grumblings from the press.