By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has been in English football for 14 years but he has never seen a Premier League title race like this one.
Arsenal suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign on Saturday - a tally which would have left them trailing in years gone by. But Chelsea have also lost four times and Manchester United, while unbeaten, have struggled to string wins together, leaving Arsenal just two points behind their traditional title rivals.
Indeed only six points separate the top six clubs and Wenger admits that the neutrals might be enjoying the ups and downs of the current campaign rather more than the managers.
"It’s a rollercoaster," he smiled. "Every team you think they are solid and they go for a run, then suddenly they lose a game that no one expects them to lose.
"It’s certainly emotionally difficult for every single manager but for people who watch this league it makes it more interesting. At this stage of the season I never have seen a league as compact as it is at the moment. I cannot remember that."
The latest twists in an extraordinary title tale saw Tottenham come from behind to beat Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday while Manchester City returned to form with a 4-1 win at Fulham. Both sides are now being tipped as title contenders but Wenger believes the net can be cast even wider.
"You cannot deny that mathematically [Tottenham and Manchester City are contenders], of course it’s possible," he said. "But you have many other teams who you cannot rule out at the moment. It will be interesting with teams like Liverpool and Aston Villa, they are not out of it and have potential.
"What is most important at the end of the day is to be consistent. I must say at the moment nobody manages to be really consistent apart from Manchester United. They are consistent without too many wins, they have not lost yet but maybe they are the most consistent."Copyright 2017 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