Wenger backs Arsenal to win league title this season

Arsenal has mostly played second fiddle in the English Premier League title race over the years, but manager Arsene Wenger believes his team have the self-belief and focus to emerge champions this season.

The last time the club won the title was more than a decade ago, in the 2003-04 season.   -  Reuters

Arsenal has mostly played second fiddle in the English Premier League (EPL) title race over the years, but manager Arsene Wenger believes his team have the self-belief and focus to emerge champions this season.

The last time the club won the title was more than a decade ago, in the 2003-04 season.

The London outfit had given itself a great chance to regain the title in 2011 when it was within one point of league leaders Manchester United at the end of February. However, its campaign fell apart from there and a run of just one league win throughout March and April ended the title challenge.

Arsenal ultimately finished fourth, 12 points off the pace eventual winners United.

Wenger blamed the attitude of some of his former players as being responsible for that infamous debacle.

“The mood of some players was more to get the next contract somewhere else than to win the championship because at the time we had to sell our players. I would say we lost it because the spirit was not exactly what it should be because of individual tap ups,” Wenger said.

The 66-year-old Frenchman opined that the improvement in Arsenal’s financial position since then has helped to ensure that his latest batch of players is focused on winning the title this season.

“At that time we were losing momentum, this time it’s the opposite: we are chasing and gaining momentum. We had two difficult games recently (a 0-0 draw with Hull City in the FA Cup and a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona), but overall the psychological situation is different,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Saturday.

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