Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger isn’t getting ahead of himself.
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However, Arsenal moved to just three points behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after their 4-0 shellacking of Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
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Speaking to the BBC after the game, Wenger was reluctant to rave about Arsenal’s title hopes but with tough games coming up for Tottenham and Leicester City
“Our target is to play well in the next game. We have to be very pragmatic and realistic,” Wenger said. “This is a start, but we have to keep it going and focusing on the process, the quality of the game.”
Wenger, 66, has seen his team win back-to-back games against Everton and Watford to muscle back into the title conversation, even if their chances of overhauling one or both of Spurs and Leicester are very remote.
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In the last two games his team have scored six goals and conceded zero, something Wenger praised after the game and he also reserved special praise for Alex Iwobi.
The 19-year-old Nigerian attacker set up Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal’s first goal on Saturday, scored the second and hit the crossbar in the second half.
Wenger added that: “I am pleased with Alex Iwobi’s talent but even more with his attitude and his willingness to learn and to contribute with his teamwork.”
It will take a total team effort from Arsenal to fully get back into the title race but with a game in hand over both Leicester and Spurs after this weekend, maybe they will start to believe they can make a late surge for the title.
Arsenal will likely have to win all of their remaining seven games to stand a chance but when they get hot, they’re hot, and on Saturday that was certainly the case as they swatted aside the Hornets with ease.