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Arsene Wenger accused some of his former players of putting their personal interest ahead of the club’s interest, hence the reason they have capitulated in the title race in the past, according to the Mirror.
Speaking before the game against Manchester United, Wenger believes his current crop of players have the desire and the spirit to win the title at the end of the current season.
Wenger whose side normally lose their momentum in the title race towards the end of previous seasons believes it was as a result of his former players playing to win contract elsewhere instead of playing for the title.
However, Wenger believe the situation is different this time as the club is not obliged to selling any of their players unlike previous season, so the players know they have to play to win the title.
“There is a perception that Arsenal fades in March and April.
It is true we have lost the championship once or twice. But if you look over 20 years we have always finished stronger in the second part of the season,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“What is different now is that on those occasions we were losing momentum. This time it’s the opposite We are chasing and gaining momentum.”
“The mood of some players was more to get the next contract somewhere else than to win the championship because at the time we had to sell our players,” he said.
“When we went into April some of the players were tapped up to go somewhere else and it was difficult to maintain the focus. That’s not the case at the moment.”
However, Wenger’s men suffered a major set back in the title race on Sunday as they lost to Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford. Despite the result, Wenger believes his side can still go on to win the title.