Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thinks Liverpool are "unlucky" not be sitting atop the Premier League table.

Manchester City dispatched of Aston Villa with consummate ease last night, scoring four second-half goals after a cagey opening 45 minutes. That win now puts them two clear of The Reds with one fixture left in the calendar.

As such, a draw at home to West Ham on Sunday – in light of their insurmountable goal difference – would be enough for Manuel Pellegrini's side to retain pole position.

Until recently, Liverpool looked destined to seal their first top-tier trophy since 1990, surging to the summit of the league with an 11-game winning streak stretching back to early February.

Their progress was then stymied by a typically resolute Mourinho performance from Chelsea and a self-imposed capitulation at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Wenger has been impressed with Rodger's side since the turn of the year, saying in a press conference on Thursday: "It's been a very interesting title race. You feel Liverpool were very unlucky because they had a fantastic second half of the season.

"It will be a miracle if Man City don't win the league now and congratulations to them."

He added: "Every other team in the top four will be frustrated by not winning the league this year."

Arsenal led the Premier League for 17 weeks this season, so Wenger's dissatisfaction at their failed title bid is understandable. The Frenchman will no doubt rue the catalogue of injuries that decimated his first-team around the Christmas period.

Premier League