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Arsene Wenger: Premier League title is “Chelsea’s to lose”

Feb 14, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

Arsenal manager Wenger attends a team training session in London Colney Reuters

Okay Arsene, starting up the mind games I see. Get stuck in.

Arsenal manage Arsene Wenger gave Jose Mourinho a taste of his own medicine on Friday, as the Gunners boss stated that Chelsea are the favorites for the Premier League crown.

Recently Mourinho has been playing down talks of a title heading to Stamford Bridge, saying it was Manchester City’s to lose and then saying Liverpool have the advantage as they don’t have the UEFA Champions League to worry about.

But when asked who he thought is in the driving seat to take the PL crown, Wenger turned the tables on the ‘Special One.’

“It is very open, only Chelsea can lose it now because they are in front and all the other teams can win it,” Wenger said. “I’ve always said many teams are in it and it will be very tight until the end.”

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Chelsea are one point ahead of Arsenal in second, three points ahead of Manchester City in third and four points ahead of Liverpool in fourth. As Wenger said, many teams are in this.

So why single out Chelsea and mention them specifically?

Wenger is just playing some mind games of his own, and trying to relieve the pressure on his side who have been right up there at the summit since the start of the season. However Arsenal have been looking a little leggy in their last two performances, a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool and Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United. They now face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday, and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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With a big seven days coming up for the Gunners, Wenger is trying to quell chat that they are the favorites and is instead piling more pressure on Chelsea. But the French manager has insisted that his team are capable of winning trophies this season and unlike many of his rivals, Wenger admits a “fear to fail” is what’s driving Mourinho and other managers into playing down their own teams titles chances.

Will the Frenchman’s tactic work? Let’s wait and see what Jose has to say about this…