Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal can still scoop the Premier League but, if they are to pull it off, they must win at leaders Manchester United on Sunday.
The Frenchman has his gaze firmly fixed on the Champions League right now but, speaking at Anfield ahead of Tuesday night's Quarter-Final second leg, the manager was prepared to fly in the face of perceived opinion to declare his side still to be title contenders.
Many considered their bid had quietly slipped away on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. However, the following day, Manchester United were held 2-2 at Middlesbrough themselves therefore sustaining a six-point lead over third-place Arsenal with just five games remaining. However, the next one sees Wenger's men visit Old Trafford. The 58-year-old's proclamations preclude a win there - no mean feat - however he was talking with confidence on Monday evening.
"Personally I still believe we will finish champions in the League," said Wenger. "Their result [on Sunday] helped a lot. If they'd won, I'd have thought we couldn't [win the title] but, now, I still believe we'll do it. That is why that result was a boost.
"We did have a dip recently, it's true. We can't deny that. But football is strange sometimes. We feel as well that, yes we dropped a few points, but we've been consistent since the beginning of the season. So it's possible we can win the last five games.
"Of course, I said that before the Liverpool game as well, but I did say [then] five games and one draw would make it. However it is still compulsory that we win at Old Trafford."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 8 Apr 2008