Arsene Wenger Insists Arsenal Will Not Give Up On Premier League Title
Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on the Premier League title, despite a poor run of form leaving Arsenal eight points short of the top.
A draw in the north London derby at Tottenham on Saturday was the Gunners’ third league game without a win.
Disgruntled Arsenal fans and former players have suggested that Wenger will be under pressure to keep his job if they fail to win the league over Leicester or rivals Spurs.
But, speaking in his pre-match news conference ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round replay at Hull City, Wenger insisted he was feeling no added pressure and people who question his team’s spirit are “not right”.
He said: “We will not give up on the championship and will fight until the end.
“I believe the championship is far from over and let me remind you we have beaten Leicester twice – we have done our job against them – so people have to look at the other teams more, not us.
“When people question the spirit, it doesn’t mean they are right. The spirit was questioned after Swansea but I would invite you to watch the game again, and then again, which is sometimes welcome for journalists to do because it might change their opinion.
“No matter what people say it does not influence us. Opinions are opinions. I always have the same pressure – that which I apply to myself – after that, well you have more people talking than 20 years ago, more opinions, but the pressure doesn’t change. It comes from within to win the next game.”
Wenger became the longest serving manager in Europe this week, having joined the Gunners 20 years ago from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus, and said his passion for the job was undiminished.
“It’s a privilege to work at a club of this stature and receive their confidence for such a long time,” he added.
“I do my job and someday someone will replace me, that’s inevitable, but I try to give my best to leave this club in the best shape so that the next guy coming in will have good potential to work with.”