Thursday, July 18, 2019 01:30:31 AM
Arsene Wenger challenged Arsenal to show the consistency needed to win the Premier League after a 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa gave them renewed hope of a belated title challenge.
Wenger's side were at their imperious best at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as they swept to their biggest win of the season thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin.
After a spluttering start to the season, the Gunners are now level on points with fourth placed Southampton and their primary target of qualifying for the Champions League is well within reach following three successive league victories.
But, with Walcott and Ozil returning to prominence after lengthy injury absences, Wenger harbours ambitions of a more lofty goal following Chelsea's 1-1 draw against second placed Manchester City on Saturday.
Arsenal are 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and only six adrift of City, prompting Wenger to hint a run at the title isn't impossible if his players can continue playing with the kind of verve and energy that overwhelmed Villa.
"For now let's try to be consistent and see where we are. It's too early to say what will happen because we are 11 points behind. That means they need to lose four games and we need to win four," Wenger said.
"Our offensive game was good, we had some weaker periods in the game but we always looked dangerous when we got through their lines.
"Defensively we were sound and it was a positive day for us. That shows as well that maybe we have found a better consistency that will be important until the end.
"Lets show we can keep it going. It helps the confidence level when everybody is fit."