Arsene Wenger to speak with Mesut Ozil over Arsenal comments.

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The North Londoners are 11 points off the pace in the Premier League.

Quoted by Sky Sports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told playmaker Mesut Ozil that his media comments about the team's Premier League title bid were not welcome.

The German told Spox during the week that he and his team-mates were responsible for 'screwing up' their chances of league glory this season after losing to perceived weaker teams, such as Swansea City last month.

The North Londoners are 11 points behind leaders Leicester City - albeit with a game in hand - and a first title since 2004 certainly seems unlikely for Wenger this season.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman, who has won the competition on three occasions during his 20-year stay at Arsenal, says that the 27-year-old's comments were out of line and not in keeping with the belief that he is trying to instill in his troops.

"We will talk about that yes, of course. The statement is not welcome because we have to believe, no matter if it just one chance in 100. We only have a real chance if we believe," he is quoted as saying to Sky Sports.

"You want to be fair and honest, but you want to look forward as well. The worst thing for us would be not to believe and then, if we had a good run, it was available or possible.

"The worst thing in life is to have the wrong beliefs. You have to make sure that you give your best and, at the end, accept that if somebody is better than you that you have given your best. I believe that we have to make sure that we play with passion until the end. That is the best way to get the supporters behind us. I will make sure they don't feel [like they have given up on the title]."

 

To some extent, Wenger is right. Without belief, nothing is possible, though the Gunners have certainly left themselves a large task.

 

They host Watford - who knocked them out of the FA Cup last month - at the Emirates today knowing that more dropped points might well spell the end of their title charge.

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