Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has once again been compelled to defend his position at the club, reiterating his desire to see out his contract in an interview with Bein Sports.
Dissent against the Frenchman has been on the rise in recent weeks, during which the Gunners have won just twice in nine games across all competitions.
Yet frustrations over a trophyless campaign could yet prove monumentally premature, with the Premier League title not as forlorn a hope as it may seem.
Arsenal are 11/2 to silence Wenger’s doubters by winning the division and despite being 11 points in arrears to Leicester the dream is far from over.
The north London side have a game in hand over the Foxes and Tottenham – winning that will trim the deficit to eight points with seven fixtures remaining.
Speaking of fixtures, the Gunners have easily the most palatable remaining assignments among the top three.
For Leicester, only games against Sunderland and Swansea look like really-should-wins, with Southampton, West Ham, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea comprising the remainder of their obligations.
Tottenham, meanwhile, face Liverpool, United, Stoke, West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle before the curtain descends.
Not too many guaranteed points among either of those fixture lists…
Arsenal, however, play five of the Premier League’s lowest scoring seven teams at home: Watford, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Norwich and Aston Villa.
Road trips to West Ham, whom they’ve beaten five times in a row at the Boleyn Ground and sickly season-seeing-out Man City are their toughest tests remaining.
As a pressure to which Leicester and Tottenham are utterly unaccustomed begins to exert its ten-thousand-leagues-under-the-sea bar levels, the Gunners, freed from any expectations, will be romping home against cannon fodder.
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