Last week I wondered whether Arsene Wenger was ‘doing a Rafa’ with his comments siding with the Spaniard, claiming United had an unfair advantage with their fixtures. He had a problem with our Premiership match falling on a Tuesday, when Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea’s are played today. However, United played in the Cup on Saturday, whilst Arsenal and Liverpool played in the Cup on Sunday. It makes perfect sense.
He then claimed United had an unfair advantage because our game wasn’t due to be played until the Monday. However, just the week before, Liverpool had exactly the same situation, with ten days between their two Premiership games. That Monday fixture has now been changed to Saturday tea-time regardless, so he certainly has nothing to complain about now.
Just to make sure we were totally clear on Wenger’s state of mind, he has today revealed he thinks Everton could win the league and that United aren’t guaranteed a Champions League spot. Interesting.
“There are five or even six teams who could still win the title,” said Wenger. “Do not rule out Aston Villa and even Everton. It is much tighter than people think. When there are still 16 games to go and we are just four points behind third place, you cannot say that the final positions are already decided. Why does everyone think that Chelsea and Liverpool are guaranteed to be in the Champions League next season? I do not understand that. Even Manchester United are not certainties. Everyone says they are the favourites yet they are not winning 4-0 or 5-0 every week. So why should the other teams not have hope of coming back?’’