Mohamed Elneny still believes Arsenal can do the impossible and catch Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Elneny is nothing if not optimistic.
The midfielder comes across as a jovial but quiet character, and has retained a positive, if somewhat delusional, outlook on Arsenal’s title prospects this season.
Many will tell you that our title challenge never even started, but not the Egyptian.
He believes we still have a chance of catching Manchester City despite being 24 points behind them with less than a third of the season remaining.
“There’s nothing impossible in the English Premier League, we still have our chance to compete for the title, we have to fight till the end, many surprises can occur at any point,” Elneny told beIN SPORTS (via Team Talk).
“If we fail to compete for the title this season, we have to prepare for the next season, but currently we are only thinking about finishing as high as possible in the league.”
There are 12 games left in the Premier League, so City would have to lose eight of those games for Arsenal to catch them, assuming others fall apart as well.
Given City have lost just once all season, the chances of that are minimal at best. Certainly not impossible, but definitely improbable.
Meanwhile, Arsenal would also have to win all of their remaining games.
That would mean winning away to Tottenham and Manchester United, something that’s proven very difficult in recent years, as well as beating City at home.
All while contending with the Europa League.
I’m totally with Elneny about fighting in every game. The team absolutely has to keep going for as long as it can.
We just might be better off setting our sights on something more achievable, for this season at least.
Like fourth place.