Nacho Monreal admits even this may not be enough to save Arsenal

The Gunenrs defenders says even winning their eight remaining league fixtures is unlikely to see them win the Premier League title.

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has admitted that the club's title hopes have become a huge long shot, telling their official website that even eight wins from eight in their remaining fixtures is likely to not be enough.

The Gunners were keeping pace with Leicester City at the top of the table a few weeks ago, but a run of form which saw them win just two in nine league matches before their victory at Everton last time out has left them 11 points off the pace.

Arsene Wenger's side do have a game in hand over the Foxes, but they have a mountainous task ahead of them if they are to win a first league title in 12 years.

Monreal insisted that the players have not given up hope of a remarkable turnaround, but admitted that they will have to pray for slip-ups from Leicester and rivals Tottenham Hotspur as well as recording a perfect return from their own fixtures.

The Spanish defender told the club's website: "We’re aware that we don’t just depend on ourselves - that’s obvious.

"Right now we’re in third place so I think the only objective we need to set for ourselves is winning the eight matches we have left and then what will be will be.

"It’s not just down to us. Even if we do win all eight games that doesn’t mean we’ll be champions, but what does depend on us is winning those eight games."

It has been a hugely frustrating last few weeks for Arsenal fans, who have seen arguably their side's best chance of winning the Premier League in recent years all but evaporate.

However, a 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park last time out got them back on track, and they can put further pressure on the Foxes and Spurs with victory over their FA Cup quarter-final conquerors Watford on Saturday.

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