Arsene Wenger believes that one or two extra home victories this season could have made all the difference to Arsenal’s title bid.
Since their opening-day defeat to Aston Villa, the Gunners have been unbeaten at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this term.
Wenger is proud of that record, but wonders what might have been if some draws had been turned into wins.
"The restriction we had was in the big games, when we only made draws and not wins in some of them. That's where the missing points are"
“We started in the worse possible way,” the manager said. “After rhat we had a good strong home record.
“The restriction we had was in the big games, when we only made draws and not wins in some of them. That's where the missing points are at the moment because we are very close to the top. Maybe one or two wins at home would have made that difference.
“The regret we have of the season is that we have been remarkably consistent, [but] it is against the teams who did not fight for the Premier League title. But especially away from home in some of the big games, we could not claim the points.”
Wenger admits that injuries to key players such as Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere hit his side hard.
“When we came out of Christmas, we were in a strong position and what you want then is to have your strong players available in March and April,” he said.
“We had too many injuries. It is very, very difficult - you can have one or two but after that when you have too many injuries you always have to play the same players and that is detrimental to the efficiency of the group.
“The regret we have is that too many players were out at the same time between Christmas and April.”
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