Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is not giving up his hopes of winning the FA Cup, Premier League and/or the Champions League.
Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates on Sunday with both sides hoping to make the semi-final at Wembley at the end of April. On first glance, the FA Cup would seem like Arsenal’s best hope of another trophy.
With nine games left in the Premier League, they are eight points behind Leicester. However, this has been a crazy season. What are eight points this campaign? It’s hard to tell.
In the Champions League, Arsenal face an even bigger ask.
They go to Barcelona on Tuesday already two-goals down and have to try and score three while keeping Neymar, Messi, Suarez and co. out. Ok, then.
“Is it fair or not [to say we are favourites for the FA Cup]?,” Wenger pondered.
“I don’t know. I look at the teams who are still in the competition, and you could say the same to three or four as well. We have a chance like everyone else, and we want to play as hard as we can to give ourselves a good chance to be successful.
“I haven’t given up on the Premier League at all, and I’ve said that many times, nor the Champions League.
“We have to take care of the next minute and the next minute is an FA Cup game.
“Is it the best chance to win a trophy? It’s still far away. We must win the next game and prove that we can show consistency again.
“I don’t believe anyone in my side thinks about Barcelona at the moment, or Everton, they are completely focused on Watford.”
Many will probably mock Wenger for his comments but what is he supposed to say? ‘Yeah, we’ve given up on the league and the Champions League, it’s all about the cup now?’
Of course he’s never going to say that, nor should he!
An Arsenal manager shouldn’t think his side are out of anything until they actually are.