By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger admits that Manchester United’s bid to emulate the ‘invincible’ season is becoming ‘interesting’ – but, he adds, the Old Trafford outfit will only really think about it in the final five games of the campaign.
The Frenchman created history in 2004 by leading his Arsenal side to the first unbeaten League season in English football for more than a century.
Manchester United have played 21 Premier League games this term and have yet to taste defeat. Wenger believes they are more than capable of seeing out the final 17 matches but, with the title in the balance, it will not be their first priority.
“Do you ask me if can they still do it?” he asked himself at Friday’s press conference. “Certainly because they have not been beaten yet.
“Have they been a bit lucky until now? Certainly. But we’ll see, I don’t know more than you.
“However that all becomes interesting now. I believe it is too long to go to say they will do it but you cannot rule it out.
“At the moment they are solid defensively, more than offensively. So they get through games. You saw it against Tottenham. They managed to get a 0-0 and White Hart Lane is a difficult place to go.
“But you only think about it with five games to go.
“For me it’s very difficult to speak about that because it makes quick headlines and, overall, I’m more concerned by our own performance.
“What is really important to us is to beat Man United. With the run they are on, we have only a chance if we do exceptionally well until the end of the season. So, I focus more on that. But I know they have a difficult schedule as well. So if they have five games to go and they are still unbeaten then come back to me.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Jan 2011