In defeat, Wenger conceded that Chelsea are well on course to secure the league title come the end of the season, being quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “Look at the season and Chelsea are on course for 105 points.
“Look at the number of points they have today and if they keep that up nobody will touch them, that's for sure.
“It doesn't look like anybody is capable of challenging them at the moment.”
Whilst the likes of Manchester City and Southampton will be hoping to match the Blues step-by-step in the hopes of a collapse in West London, Arsenal, who are currently 12 points off top spot are surely out the race, and Wenger conceding the title to his rivals appears as the correct move.
However, not all the Arsenal squad agrees with Wenger, and Lukas Podolski - who has been cast out of the first-team squad - is confident that the Gunners season is ‘not finished’, claiming that every game is tough in the Premier League, unlike the Bundesliga, in which Bayern Munich have no competition for the title.
Speaking to the Guardian, the 29-year-old said: “In the Premier League you have a tough game every week.
“It’s not like other leagues where you only have three top games in a season. You can always speak about problems but the season is not finished.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is not like in Spain where you have two teams or in Germany where you have Bayern Munich.
“You see it every week, that every game is tough. Home and away every team is hard to play. You can never say that the three points are easy to get.
“There is always pressure when you are at a big club and you are not in the top four. So we have to start winning games and start picking up points.”
Whilst Podolski will likely not feature, he will be keen to see the Gunners ‘start picking up points’ as the North London club host an injury-plagued Manchester United on Saturday.