Wenger says Arsenal title challenge is ‘not realistic’

Arsene Wenger has seemingly conceded the title following Arsenal’s defeat to north London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane yesterday.

The Gunners have endured a torrid start to the season picking up seven points from the first seven games, leaving the side 15th in the Premier League two points above the relegation zone.

The 2003/04 Premier League champions have lost to Liverpool, Blackburn, Spurs and also were hammered 8-2 by Manchester United.

“To say today ‘we will win the league’ is not realistic,” he said.

“But we have to fight to come back into a better position.”


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Arsenal have not won away from home for eight games, their longest winless run in the Premier League era.

Despite being close to the drop zone Wenger has dismissed the threat of relegation, but at this time his side do not look as if they will get close to the Champions League places.

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“We lack a little bit of confidence at the moment and just want to protect our result too much when we have one.” He said.

Arsenal were dealt another blow today when it was confirmed that Bacary Sagna was ruled out until January with a broken leg.

The French Football Federation confirmed the right-back had suffered a fractured fibula in yesterday’s game and is expected to be out for three months.

The FFF statement read: “The doctor of the France team, Fabrice Bryand, was informed by Arsenal of a fracture to the right fibula of Bacary Sagna.”

An Arsenal statement said: “Further detailed investigations and assessments will take place on Monday, during which time Bacary will see ankle specialists and the Arsenal medical team regarding the further management of his injury.”

The Gunners were already without Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny yesterday and were forced to play Alex Song as a makeshift centre-half.

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