Pires: Wenger would forego Champions League for Premier League title

The former Arsenal midfielder believes his old boss has his sights set on a first league championship since 2004, with the Gunners sitting joint-top with Manchester City


Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger would forego success in the Champions League if it boosted Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title.

The former France international was part of the last Gunners side to win a championship in 2004, with Wenger’s side limited to just three FA Cup victories in the 11 years since.

After 12 games of the current campaign, however, Arsenal are level with Manchester City at the top of the table and have already established a 15-point cushion over defending champions Chelsea.

“Of course [winning the title] is possible,” Pires told Omnisport at a charity event for Grassroot Soccer to mark World Aids Day. “It’s plausible because it’s the goal of Arsene Wenger.

“He wouldn’t tell you that, but if he has to choose between the Champions League and the Premier League, he will choose the league because it’s more difficult to win and he is a very competitive person.

“You have Man City, Man United… Even if Chelsea are in difficulties, it’s tough to play them. You have also Liverpool and Tottenham. It’s a very tough league.”


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The 42-year-old still trains with Arsenal to maintain his fitness, and he has been impressed with what he has seen from Wenger’s current crop of stars.

He added: “Physically, they feel well. Sometimes, I can see similarities with the football we were playing a few years ago: a football played with pace and fluidity.

“We are in mid-November and they are doing well but what can trouble them is the number of players who are out injured.

“The team has done well, particularly in the league. I think they are a team that can win the league at the end of the season.”
 

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