The French boss believes Liverpool’s title tilt has been aided by only having to focus on the Premier League, while he praised his side’s attacking verve against Hull City
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes were hampered by injuries to key players and their busy fixture schedule.
Liverpool are five points clear at the top and Wenger believes the Merseyside club’s lack of European football and luck with injuries has aided their title challenge.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in an interview after Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Hull City on Sunday said that the Premier League table is very close but that Merseyside outfit, Liverpool; were aided to the top of the league table due to their less busy schedule as well as luck with injuries, with the Reds being absent from European football also having lost out of local Cup competitions earlier than Arsenal.
Victory at Hull City on Sunday ensured Arsenal remain in fourth position, but Wenger insists his side could have been battling leaders Liverpool for top spot had they not been distracted by a hectic run of games due to challenging for silverware at home and in Europe.
Wenger relinquished his chances for the premier league title giving to the number of injuries he had to deal with in the crucial part of the season and the number of games they had to play in a short stint. But also said Liverpool had greatly improved in the second half of the season, owing it to their less busy fixtures.
“The table is very close,” said the Frenchman.
“Liverpool played very well in second half of the season and you wouldn’t like to take anything away from them, but they could focus completely on the Premier League.
“If you look at the injuries plus the players we missed, plus the schedule we had of course it was much heavier than Liverpool.”
Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey both netted at the KC Stadium and Wenger was delighted with his side’s performances and their ruthlessness in front of goal, having appeared “toothless” previously.
“We looked dangerous to score goals again,” Wenger enthused to Sky Sports.
“We had a few away games where we looked toothless but our combination game and speed was back. We looked like that we can score.
“In the Premier League you’re always a bit apprehensive before every game, you want your team to perform as well as they can.
“We kept a clean sheet and scored three goals, I think overall the performance was good,” he added.
“We were tested in the first half, (it was) a very physical game but we responded we great movement and scored. The second half we controlled well and overall it was a convincing win.”