Arsene Wenger admits Chelsea are now favourites for the title

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League title is Chelsea's to lose, in the wake of the Gunners 2-1 defeat at Swansea at the weekend.

The Frenchman believes that the Blues are head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the league and could average a mammoth 100 points at the end of the season. 

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 “At the moment Chelsea are on course to get an average of 100 points this season,” he said.

"At the moment Chelsea are on course to get an average of 100 points this season"

Wenger believes the way Chelsea are swatting teams like flies in the league, there doesn't seem to be any team who could catch Mourinho's high flying superstars.


“If they keep that up nobody will catch them, that’s for sure. There doesn’t look to be anybody capable to challenge them at the moment.”

Disappointment at Swansea

Wenger lamented the Gunners 'disappointing' result against Swansea, after watching his team once again surrender a lead to come home empty handed.

Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal up front late in the second half in the 63rd minute as they looked to control the game. But two quick fire goals within three minutes from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis, in the 75th and 78th minute respectively, ended the visitor's stronghold of the match and lost them three vital points. 

Wenger said: “We’ve had a very disappointing week considering the performances we produced and the end result we got."

Arsenal, who recently surrendered a three goal lead against Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League in the midweek, have been leaking goals by the truckload. And Wenger believes his side should be capable of protecting a lead and go on to win the game.

“It’s very disappointing. We were 3-0 up against Anderlecht and 1-0 up against Swansea and in the end we lose two points against Anderlecht and three points today," he added.

"You have to be capable, once you are 1-0 up and a big team, of winning the game."

Poor league form

Wenger chastised the Gunners missed opportunity to get into the coveted top four places on the league table, but says he doesn't know how damaging this result could be on their future chances.

“I don’t know how damaging it is, but for our league position it’s very disappointing.

"We had an opportunity to come back into the top four in a bit more of a comfortable way. It is unfortunate that we didn’t take it," he said.

“Did Tuesday night play a part in our mind? I don’t think so. I hope not."

Wenger believes Arsenal should 'take it on the chin', and says that his side played quite decently for 75 minutes of the match. But it was the final quarter of the game that cost them the three points.

“In the end, we lost the three points. That’s very sad but we have to take it on the chin because we didn’t play for 90 minutes with the right rigorous attitude," he added.

"We produced quite a decent performance for 75 minutes but you have to last 90 minutes.”

Troubles with Flamini

Midfielder Matheiu Flamini looked furious after being substituted and stormed down the tunnel at the sound of the final whistle. When asked if there's ongoing tensions with his compatriot, Wenger replied: “Honestly, that’s not my biggest worry at the moment.”

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