Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho makes clever statement about Arsenal

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Arsenal closed the gap on Chelsea to seven points after the weekend's results.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims third-placed Arsenal are still in the Premier League title race following his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Southampton, the Daily Mail reports.

The Gunners have surged up the table in recent weeks and Saturday’s resounding 3-0 win over West Ham United was their fifth in succession and 10th in 12 matches.

The Blues, on the other hand, have won just one of their previous four home matches following their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, prompting Mourinho to once again talk up the Gunners’ title challenge.

“Of course Arsenal are in it. They are seven points behind Chelsea, but have one less match to play than Chelsea,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“Both City and Arsenal are in the title race. It depends on the momentum for Arsenal - the 3-1 defeat against Monaco or the 3-0 defeat against West Ham?”

Are Arsenal still in with a shout of the title?

In simple terms, no they are not.

Arsene Wenger’s men are in good form admittedly, but for them to win the title it would take an uncharacteristic end of season collapse from Mourinho’s side.

The Gunners have nine games remaining – one fewer than the Blues - meaning their maximum is only 84 points, five points more than they achieved last season.

And with matches against Liverpool, Manchester United and the Blues remaining, it would take a brave betting man to back them to win every game from now until the end of the campaign.

With seven victories from their remaining 10 matches, the Stamford Bridge outfit can’t be caught by their London rivals, but the likelihood is it will only take six wins to hold them off.

Mourinho’s men only face four top-half teams between now and 24 May, and their Champions League exit will aid them in terms of squad fitness.

Stating that the Gunners are still in the title race was a smart move by the Portuguese coach to deflect attention away from his side’s disappointing result and heap added pressure on Wenger’s men.

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