Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels his side could overtake Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and even Manchester City to finish second in this season’s Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not just content to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Though his team currently sit in fifth, he feels that Manchester City are eminently catchable in 2nd place.
The Gunners have had a torrid week, with losses to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leaving finishing as high as possible in the Barclays Premier League as their only real achievable target left for the season.
Arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur are just a point ahead of Arsenal in fourth, but have a game in hand away to West Ham United this evening.
Chelsea’s grip on third place loosened somewhat over the course of the last weekend; their loss to Manchester City has left them with just a point lead over Spurs, and only two ahead of Arsenal.
No wonder Arsene Wenger feels his team have a real chance of hauling them back, and overtaking both teams.
“I’m not sure it will only be a fight with Tottenham,” said Wenger after the Gunners defeated Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to a Santi Cazorla brace.
“I’m not sure the other places are not reachable.
“Chelsea are just ahead and even Man City is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until the end.”
Manchester City are in fact nine points ahead of Arsenal, which would require a colossal effort to haul in.
However, Arsenal only face two teams above them in the remaining Premier League fixtures – Spurs at White Hart Lane this coming weekend and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium at the end of April.
Third place is certainly achievable, which would still be a monumental achievement after Arsenal’s difficult start to the season.