Arshavin downbeat over Arsenal title chances
Andrey Arshavin admits it is getting harder to believe Arsenal can still win the Barclays Premier League - but remains hopeful the Gunners can turn things around with results against Chelsea and Liverpool.
Arsene Wenger's men simply had no answer to Manchester United as the defending champions romped to a 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium yesterday.
The defeat - a fifth in the Barclays Premier League - leaves the Gunners five points behind Chelsea, who also won in north London at the end of November.
If the Blues beat Hull in their re-arranged midweek fixture, then Arsenal will again be faced with clawing back a significant deficit.
However, Arshavin - who had looked lively early on against United - feels the Gunners must now regroup as they prepare for Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge.
"It is getting even harder to believe that we can win first place after such defeats," the Russian said on his personal website, www.arshavin.eu.
"I divide the games with Aston Villa, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool into two parts - the first part has been held, there are still two more games, I hope we will conduct them better."
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