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Published: 12:26 | 7/3/16

Wenger: Premier League far from over


Arsene Wenger has warned that the Premier League title race is far from over despite his side falling eight points behind leaders Leicester.

Arsenal were favourites for the title at the turn of the year but defeats to Manchester United, Swansea and a draw against Tottenham have seen them slip down to third in the table.

Worryingly for Wenger, his side have lost three of their last four games and they will need to rediscover their form if they are to have any chance of ending the season with a trophy.

With the Gunners on the brink of Champions League elimination following a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg, there have been suggestions that the FA Cup represents their best chance of silverware.

Wenger, however, insists his team are still in the running for the Premier League title.

"You don't think like that," Wenger responded when asked whether the FA Cup is now Arsenal's most realistic chance of silverware.

"The Premier League is far from being over. Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them.

"People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front. We will not give up the Premier League, we will fight until the end."

Wenger has come under fire in recent weeks as his side have struggled to get wins but he is refusing to pay any attention to the criticism.

"I have always the same pressure which is the same pressure I apply to myself," he said.

"It is the same. After that, people talk and you have more people talking than 20 years ago and more opinions. That doesn't change the pressure. The real pressure comes from your desire to win the next game and that is the only one that matters really.

"I believe that opinions are opinions. I do my job and one day someone will replace me and will replace you. That is part of life and as long as you have done well, given your best and that is the quality of work people do.

"That is what I try to do. I try to do my best and leave this club in the best shape so the guy coming after me will have good potential to work with."

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