Arsene Wenger held a press conference yesterday before Arsenal face Olympiakos in the final match in the group stages of the Champions league. Wenger could be quite upbeat because the Gunners have already qualified for the next round, although it looks like it will only be in second place if Schalke avoid a shock result against Montpellier.
Wenger inevitably ended up talking about the previous match against Swansea in the Premier league rathner than tonights fixture, and the Frenchman was on good form. One thing he said made me do a double take, however. He must be joking, I thought, or does he really believe that.
“I wouldn’t swap places with Manchester City. We have 23 games to come back on them in the league, but in the Champions league you’re in or out.”
So, Gooners, do we agree? Has Wenger finally lost the plot, or does he believe that Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Premier league title despite being 15 points behind Manchester United? I, personally, would rather be just three points off the lead, still unbeaten and with a home game against the leaders coming up, but that’s just silly old me.
Maybe Wenger thinks that Arsenal could do a Chelsea and win the competition while being awful in the domestic league. I suppose it is possible, but does anyone other than Gervinho think we have a chance? Even if we get some players in January, they could be cup-tied in Europe.
I know that Wenger loves the Champions league, and I will eat my words if we win it, gladly, but he should realise that saying such things just makes him look daft.