Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal have probably blown their chance of winning the English Premier League title after a frustrating 2-2 draw against Swansea City. Wenger's side are six points behind leaders Chelsea with only seven games left following the latest setback to their spluttering challenge at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Gunners had looked set to recover from Saturday's 6-0 loss at Chelsea as two goals in 60 seconds midway through the second half from Lukas Podolski and then Olivier Giroud erased Wilfried Bony's opener. But Arsenal broke down as Mathieu Flamini's own-goal in the 90th minute earned a point for Swansea.
Just weeks after they sat proudly on top of the table, Arsenal are in danger of not even finishing in the top four and Wenger conceded they are now unlikely to win the title. "I think at the moment that is not the biggest worry we have," Wenger said when asked about Arsenal's title prospects.
"We have to be realistic a little bit and look behind us as well as in front of us. The result on Saturday has affected us a lot because it was a big disappointment. This result hurts us a lot as well.
"It is very disappointing but we have to take it on the chin. After getting to 2-1 we were too conservative. Our confidence level had been affected and we just wanted to close out the game rather than score again."
To make matters worse for Wenger, Arsenal's next opponents on Saturday are rampant Manchester City, who head to north London boosted by their 3-0 win at Manchester United on Tuesday. Wenger feels City are probable champions and made little attempt to talk up Arsenal's hopes when asked who he thought would win the title.
"It will be open until the end but Manchester City had a good result tonight and look a bit unstoppable," Wenger added. "They have two games in hand so they and Chelsea are favourites for the title.
"It is another big game for us on Saturday. We will focus on that and accept where we finish. We have to get some players back from injury but none of them are close at the moment. (Laurent) Koscielny is out for a while, (Aaron) Ramsey might be back in a couple of weeks. With (Jack) Wilshere we have had to slow down a little bit."