Once again, a season that promised so much for Arsenal has erupted in a thundering volcano of frustration.
The Gunners have won just two games in nine since beating Leicester six weeks ago, and now sit eleven points behind Claudio Ranieri’s side in the Premier League title race with only eight games remaining. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the long wait for league glory will go on for at least another 12 months.
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The sense of anger from the stands has been evident recently, and it is a sentiment that has not been lost on the players.
Speaking to German outlet Spox, in an interview cited by the Telegraph, Arsenal’s German star Mesut Özil admitted that they team has messed up what was their best chance of winning the Premier League title in years.
With none of Chelsea, Liverpool or the Manchester clubs bothering the top of the table this year, Leicester and Tottenham have capitalised where Arsenal have thus far not been able to, and Özil admits that the players have nobody to blame but themselves for their inability to beat the so-called “smaller sides” in the division:
“Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves,
“We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.”
Despte Özil’s withering assessment of Arsenal’s season so far, he insists that they will keep fighting until it is mathematically impossible to bring the title to the Emirates for the very first time:
“…we still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it.”
Although he would like to win the league for himself, his teammates and the supporters, Özil has one man in particular in mind when it comes to who feels deserves success more than anyone else at the club:
“I would be delighted for [manager Arsène] Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager. He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”
Arsenal take on Watford this weekend knowing only a win will do if they want to stay in the running – a feeling that they will be carrying with them right up until the end of the season.