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30th Dec 2016

Are Arsene Wenger’s comments on ‘super favourites’ Chelsea defeatist or realistic?

He says the title "is theirs to lose"


Has Arsene Wenger conceded the Premier League title already?

With 18 games played we are less than halfway through the season, with Chelsea currently top of the pile on 46 points after their incredible 11-match winning streak.

That puts them six ahead of nearest challengers Liverpool in second place, with Manchester City a point behind the Reds and Arsenal a further two points behind them.

But on Friday, Gunners boss Wenger said the title was “Chelsea’s to lose” after their brilliant run of form under new boss Antonio Conte.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea (C) celebrates his sides win after the game during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on December 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Speaking to reporters ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, he said:

“At the moment Chelsea are the super-favourites because they are quite big and made a big difference.

“But it is theirs to lose as we say here in England. They can still lose it, at the moment they have won it but they can still lose it. It’s still a long way to go and very difficult for everybody so the head-to-head (matches) will have a vital importance.

“They have addressed their problems well. You have to give credit to Conte to find a solution that has balanced well his team. They bought David Luiz who stabilised their defensive record and I think overall they are the team that has been the most consistent until now.”

“Theirs to lose.”

“Super favourites.”

Not massively inspiring words for Arsenal fans hoping Wenger will lead a charge towards that long-awaited league title in the second half of the season – or is he simply being realistic?