LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 26, 2015) (REUTERS) – Arsenal may still have a mathematical chance of winning the Premier League but their manager Arsene Wenger conceded it was now “impossible” for Chelsea not to finish as champions following the London rivals’ 0-0 stalemate on Sunday (April 26).
The result at the Emirates Stadium leaves Chelsea, who have five games remaining, top on 77 points, 10 clear of champions Manchester City, who have four games left, and Arsenal, who also have five to play.
If Chelsea win at Leicester City on Wednesday, the only team that can still theoretically catch the leaders are Arsenal, but Wenger admitted he did not think that would happen.
Asked if Chelsea were going to finish as champions, he told reporters: “They are not champions yet but they will be and you get what you deserve. They have started strong and they made the difference in the first part of the season, compared to us for example.”
Sunday’s result ended Arsenal’s run of nine successive home league wins and also their run of nine successive wins in all competitions and left Wenger still without a win against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 13 meetings over the last decade. But Wenger felt his team could have won the match.
“I think we did enough to win the game today and Chelsea defended well,” Wenger said. “I felt that in the first half we had played with the right intensity; we dropped ours in the second half and came back in to the right level in the last 20 minutes but we could have finished the game off I think with (Mesut) Oezil had a great chance in the final minute of the game but they came as well to defend well, they did it well and everybody knows that.”
Arsenal’s season can still end on a high, though, if they retain the FA Cup.