By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger admits that Arsenal may have to go ‘back to the 70s’ in order to win the title this season.

The Frenchman won his first Premier League with just 78 points in 1998 and he believes that relatively low figure may be enough again this year.

To add some context, Arsenal won their last title in 2004 with 90 points and in the following season Chelsea set a Premier League record of 95. However Wenger argues that a similar tally is almost certainly out of reach right now.

“Unless one team goes on a fantastic run it won’t happen at the moment,” he told

“If the record doesn’t improve then, yes, 78 or 80 could be enough. You don’t want to set any limit but the only thing you can say now is that, right now, that level could be the decider.

"The teams have 32, 33 points now after 16 games. Multiply that by two then add the next six games so yes it could be 78 or 80 points.”

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13 Dec 2010