Arsene Wenger does not think Arsenal have fallen behind North London bitter rivals Tottenham in the League table and claims Arsenal can still finish above Tottenham.
Arsenal sit third and are six points adrift of second place Tottenham despite a game in hand with six matches for the Gunners.
Realistically Spurs’ stand a good position to finish above Arsene Wenger’s team since he took charge as manager for Arsenal in 1996.
The North London power could fall into Tottenham hand for the first time if they maintain their superb run before the season ends. Arsenal have been totally brushed off from second position and even out of the title race but Arsene Wenger remains adamant to that suggestions.
“First of all, we are not behind yet,” he said.
“Tottenham have been 18 years behind us, they survived you know, so let’s be realistic.
“If Leicester win on Sunday, it doesn’t change the fact that we have absolutely to win our game. Let’s prepare for that, no matter what the result of Leicester is.
“Leicester can still drop points on Sunday, ” he added.
The French tactician do not want to overhaul his team totally but believes strengthening much needed areas is Arsenal’s priority which is not an easy work for them.
“You cannot dismiss the players. We spoke about Iwobi, he’s 19 years of age, Elneny 23, Francis Coquelin 24 – they will be stronger.
“You need to keep a core of players and strengthen where we can, but the team is going the right way. It’s at the moment difficult for us to accept we’re not completely there, but you have to accept that.
“If you look at the top three, you’ll see that the teams have not changed a lot. We have to strengthen, but it is not obvious, despite the money the English clubs will have, to find the players who will strengthen your squad.
“We will of course work very hard to do that and we are already working, but we have to find the players. It’s not easy.
Teenager Alex I work and January signing Mohamed Elneny has much impressed than expected and Wenger said he will asses them by the end of the season.
“I will judge Elneny at the end of the season, but for sure he’s had a big impact, much bigger than expected.
“Because usually a guy comes in, it takes him a few months to adapt, and him and Iwobi had a big impact on the quality of our game