Wenger can't predict next title twist

However, Wenger believes Arsenal has a chance to finish first if it continues to play the way it did against Tottenham on Saturday.

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Arsene Wenger gestures during the north London derby on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger was unwilling to predict the outcome of the Premier League title race after 10-man Arsenal battled to a pulsating 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Saturday.

Quizzed on which team is now likely to finish first, the manager said: "I don't know, I don't know what to say any more about that because everybody drops points.

"So let's see what happens over the weekend. I think we have to take encouragement from our performance today and reproduce that until the end of the season. Then we might have a chance.

"I don't know [if it is our best chance for a number of years], maybe you are right. Last year we had no chance, three or four years ago I think were in the race."

Heavy criticism followed consecutive Premier League losses against Manchester United and Swansea City, Wenger acknowledging the Gunners are weighed down by the burden of expectation: "I must tell you, the pressure of our supporters is relentless and I am in a good position to tell you that.

"We have to deal with that and we now have to go on a run again.

"If Leicester wins the game at Watford, it will be in a very strong position," he added, referring to Saturday's late kick-off between the league leaders and the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

"We are in a position where we need to rely on other teams like Leicester."

Wenger accepted Coquelin's dismissal was deserved, but the Arsenal boss was critical of referee Michael Oliver for not issuing a second yellow card to Eric Dier when the Tottenham midfielder pulled back Olivier Giroud during the closing stages.

"I think referees should come in a press conference after a game," he said. 

"We are questioned, so they should be questioned as well."

Sanchez's display, crowned by his first Premier League goal since October, gave Wenger cause for more positive reflection.

"He had a great attitude and I hope that will give him the confidence and encouragement he needs," he said.

"I hope the goal will give him a lift and we will see a different Alex now."

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