Monday 18 December 2017

Wenger: Gunners need to go on winning streak


Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side are currently "nowhere near" being involved in the race for the Premier League title - but believes a consistent run could change all that.

The Gunners currently sit third in the table and are nine points adrift of league-leaders Chelsea, with Manchester City four points clear in second spot.

The chase for the top four has closed up in recent weeks with Arsenal likely to come under heavy pressure from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Wenger takes his side across London to face struggling QPR tonight looking for a seventh win in eight league games but, even with such a strong run of form, Wenger feels a push for the title is not currently feasible. "At the moment we are nowhere near to winning the Premier League, and nowhere near close to being in the race," he said.

"But what we want is to do as well as we can without speculating on the weakness of any team. The only thing you can say is that it's very tight.

"You look in front of you, Manchester City are four points ahead of us, and you look behind you, there's plenty of people chasing us.

"That will be very, very tight and it will be down to consistency in our results and mental strength. That will certainly be needed again tonight."

Wenger (left) confirmed Aaron Ramsey is ahead of schedule in recovering from a hamstring injury and is back in the squad for the short hop to Loftus Road.

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