IF CHELSEA collapse in the final weeks of the Premier League season, Arsenal will be primed to take advantage. Aaron Ramsey extended the Gunners’ winning run to eight matches yesterday by clinching a 1-0 victory at Burnley.
Scorer: Ramsey 12
Arsenal’s resurgence has left them four points behind Chelsea with six matches to go, but Jose Mourinho’s side have two games in hand.
“I am pleased because it was a more fighting than fluent performance and many people question us on that side,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We had to fight and be combative until the end. We couldn’t score the second goal and our defenders played well today and got us the three points.”
Chelsea play struggling Queens Park Rangers today, while Manchester rivals United and City meet in a clash between third and fourth.
“Nothing has changed, they are too comfortable Chelsea,” Wenger said. “We need a perfect run and non-perfect run from them. We can’t master that, we can only master our own position.”
Arsenal have not enjoyed such a winning run in the league since last collecting the trophy in 2004, but inconsistency earlier this season has proved costly to their title ambitions.
For Arsenal, an 18th consecutive season in the Champions League seems certain, given their ten-point lead over fifth-placed Southampton.
Burnley remain in the drop zone, two points from safety, but they continue to punch above their weight.
“I was surprised by the quality of Burnley and it will be a shame if they go down because they have done fantastically well,” Wenger said.