By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger admits Manchester United are worthy champions but he does not feel Arsenal are too far behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

The Gunners looked on as the Red Devils lifted their 11th Premier League title on Saturday after claiming a point in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the clash, Wenger suggested that United’s defensive stability had made the difference over the course of the season. The Frenchman is certainly right - Ferguson’s champions only scored three more than Arsenal but have conceded 12 less in their 37 fixtures this term.

For Wenger, although the difference on the back foot was all-important, the ‘goals for’ column suggests the Gunners are not too far behind.

“You want always the team who play the best to be champions – they were the most consistent,” the manager conceded.

“But in fairness, offensively between the two teams – in terms of goals scored – there was not much difference at all. If you look at the stats it’s quite amazing how close we are to them.

“They made the difference with their defence this year conceding only 24 goals.”

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18 May 2009