Football FanCast columnist Billy Pearson reacts to Arsene Wenger's bold claim that Arsenal maybe on course for an unlikely double.
If there is one thing about Arsene Wenger is that he is never knows when he is beaten. It is a rare quality to have and one that undoubtedly rubs off on his players. The recent game at Bolton epitomised the mental strength of his team and his actions on the touchline at the Emirates on Saturday showed the passion of a man, who is obsessed with winning.
In the post match interview against Liverpool, Arsene was asked the question of whether Arsenal's title race was over of which he quite rightly refuted, citing that United are more than likely to drop points. Call him a visionary if you will and I'm sure had United overcome Boro' he would have privately conceded but the subsequent draw has seemed to buyoed the ‘professor' who was full of belief ahead of tonight's Champions League quarter final at Anfield.
Speaking to The Times, Wenger said:
"I believe we will finish champions," the Arsenal manager said. "The result on Sunday [United's 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough] helped a lot. If they had won, I would have thought we couldn't, but I believe we will do it.
"We did have a dip recently. But football is strange. Defeat is not unthinkable; you have to accept you might lose. But what is important is that you believe you can win. We have the belief that we can win anywhere in the world. And if I didn't believe we could win the Champions League, I wouldn't be here."
Confident words from Wenger and would we expect anything else but do Arsenal fans share their managers belief? Are they realistically still in the title race? Can they go to Old Trafford and win? Is the Champions League their realistic chance of silverware this season?
Wenger maybe proved right, it certainly wouldn't be the first time Arsenal have gone against grain, I just wonder what price the bookies will give on a win double. Worth a punt?