Whilst the North Londoners have already qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champion’s League, they currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League after losing 2-0 at home to Swansea City last weekend.
Despite mounting pressure on the Gunners manager, he claims he would not swap with the City boss.
“I would not swap places with Manchester City because we have 24 games to catch up with them in the league – but once you are out of a competition, you are out of it.”
City are currently 2nd in the league, just 3 points behind leaders Manchester United, but are now out of both the Capital One Cup and the Champion’s League, with only two trophies left to fight for.
But who really does have the better hand? I suppose it depends of whether you believe the Champion’s League is more important than the Premier League. To Arsene Wenger who has won the latter, I suppose the Champion’s League would be the greater achievement but to the fans domestic titles often take first place.
Having won the Premier League last season, I have no doubt Roberto Mancini would have liked to do better on the continent this year. But Chelsea won the Champion’s League despite finishing 6th in the Premier League last season – how can the best team in Europe be the sixth best team in England?
I personally believe the Premier League is harder to win than any cup competition. It takes more durability, more diligence, more industry, and more consistency – not to take anything away from the other completions, but come May, the table never lies. The team that has been consistently the better team wins.
Cups contain more of an element of luck, in my opinion. That doesn’t mean to say winning the Champion’s League or the FA Cup or the League Cup isn’t a great achievement, but it’s just not the same as playing 19 other teams twice home and away over a period of 9 months.
Arsenal may be able to make up some ground in the 24 remaining league games of this season but I seriously doubt they can contend for the title. And whilst, they might be out of the Champion’s League, City are still in great shape to retain the league title.
Arsene Wenger will have to pour his blood, sweat, and tears into winning the Champion’s League, the Capital One Cup, and the FA Cup if he really wants to prove his theory.
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