Arsene Wenger believes his team are capable of hunting down Chelsea to win the Premier League and has cited his first full season in England as an example.
The 1997/98 season is remembered for being one of the most unlikely title victories in living memory. Arsenal won the league in May having been 12 points behind eventual runners-up Manchester United in February, the first moment in a North-South rivalry which encapsulated the late 90s and early 2000s.
Wenger says his current squad is still aiming for the title, despite being 14 points behind Chelsea and 9 behind Manchester City, both of whom appear considerably superior to the rest of the Premier League.
“It (to challenge for the title) is our target, but we have to be realistic. What we want is to win every game we can, but at the moment we are 14 points behind Chelsea, they need to lose five games, and they have lost only two until now,” The Frenchman says.
Arsenal have had title challenges undermined in the recent past due to injuries, this year is no different, but players are beginning to return. Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are back and Jack Wilshere is about a month awy from fitness.
“Now we have a good squad, compact, but of quality and with the competition it will be very hard” says Wenger.
Wenger, 65, is the oldest serving manager in the Premier League and has not won the Premiership since 2004.