Arsenal Invincibles legend: Gunners can still win the title if…

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Arsenal legend and former Invincibles member Robert Pires believes the Premier League title is still within the Gunners’ reach this term…

The 40-year-old Frenchman spent six years in North London with Arsenal with whom he went the season unbeaten as part of the team dubbed the ‘Invincibles’ in 2003/04.

The former France international made 189 appearances and scored 62 goals for the Gunners helping the club to win the Premier League title and FA Cup double in 2001/02 as well as the Premier League title in 2003/04. He also won the FA Cup in 2003 and 2005 before performing in the Champions League final in Paris in 2006.

For his country his honours include the World Cup in 1998 and the European Champions two years later in 2000.

So Pires knows a thing or two about trophies and, what’s more, he refuses to believe Arsenal’s title challenge is over, despite the disappointing 2-2 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night followed a disastrous 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.

Arsenal currently sit six points behind league leaders Chelsea with Manchester City and Liverpool in between them – the Citizens are just three points behind the Blues with two games in hand still to play and make their next stop the Emirates this Saturday.

However, Pires insists the title is far from over and pinpoints this weekend’s clash as the defining moment at which it will either be won or lost – as he puts it, a win over the Citizens this weekend put Arsenal firmly back in the mix for the title.

"On Saturday, against Manchester City, it's like a final for the future. If Arsenal win, it's possible to win the title. You never know when you're talking about football,” he stated.

"If we lose against Manchester City, the season is finished in terms of the Premier League."

Many fans may well believe the league title is already finished for Arsenal – especially judging by the reaction throughout this week to the defeat at the Bridge and the draw with the Swans in midweek – but, as Pires suggests, a win against City would put them on equal points with the visitors and just three points behind Chelsea with both rivals still yet to place Liverpool for the final time this term.

It’s unlikely – the Gunners are certainly not the bookmakers or pundits favourites – but, who knows, it is as the Invincibles legend rightly states, still possible.

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