Wednesday 18 January 2017

Arsene Wenger has predicted the points tally he thinks will be good enough to win the title

Published 24/10/2016 | 14:57

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Reuters / John Sibley
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Reuters / John Sibley

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed how many points he believes will be required to win this season’s Premier League title, after an uncertain start to the season for all the top contenders.

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Wenger’s side are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after nine Premier League games, with several of the leading sides slipping up after another weekend of unpredictable results.

Speaking to Arsenal shareholders at the club’s AGM, Wenger spelt out what he believed would be required to win his first Premier League title since 2004.

“If you look well after nine games, you can see the first trend is set,” stated Wenger.

“It is about 20 points and that means the championship will certainly be decided by 82-86 points and what we have learned since the start of the season, every game you have fight and to absolutely be at your best to have a chance to win it.

“We have to be really focused on details, keeping the energy inside our club but as well much more inside our team at the top level in every single game. Every single detail can make a difference and get you points.

“We have an important month in front of us because when you look at the schedule, the end of Ocotber and November could be important because we have many big games.

“I personally believe that the team has togetherness, unity, desire and hunger. We will have a good chance to compete for the Premier League. Our challenge is of course to compete with absolutely everything starting tomorrow, we play in the League Cup (against Reading).

“I think we have the squad for the first time that is more mature and better equipped to face the challenges we have.”

Wenger also received praise from Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who made some rare public comments at the meeting.

“Arsene you’ve always shown commitment, dedication and energy and you brought a new style to English football and our club,” he said.

“Also in a world of great scrutiny and pressure you’ve always handled yourself with class.”

Arsenal’s solid start to the season has inspired suggestions that 67-year-old Wenger may consider extending his stay at Arsenal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of this season.

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