Arsene Wenger Hits Back at Journalist After Arsenal's March Form Is Questioned

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2014

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger, left, gestures to the fourth official about a referee decision during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at Emirates Stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Arsene Wenger has explicitly refuted to journalists that his Arsenal team fall away from the title race in March, as reported by Chris Harris from the club's website.

Harris writes that Arsenal have a 68.85 percent win rate in March in previous seasons, and the Gunners' manager was quick to correct a reporter who thought otherwise at his pre-match press conference.

No, I don't agree with you [that we dip in March], [The lack of trophies] has nothing to do [with it] because you can lose the championship in October. If you can show me with numbers that in March we have dipped away, we can have a conversation. 

What is different is that we are in a better position to do it, that is course the first thing. The second thing is that we are ready for a battle, and to show that on the pitch we are ready for this battle.

Overall that is what is different, to show that we have matured mentally. We are, as you know, in a much better position to do it.

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Arsenal's season has hit an icy patch. They have only won one game in the Premier League in their last four matches, per Squawka, recently losing away at Stoke.

Bleacher Report columnist Graham Ruthven was damning in his assessment of Wenger's team's challenge on Thursday, following news that Jack Wilshere has been sidelined for at least six weeks:

Despite Arsenal's previous record in March, Wenger's team need to prove they have the pedigree to stay in touch with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Recent results do suggest that a dip in form is occurring and it is threatening to derail any title challenge. 

Things won't get any easier in March. Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City must all be negotiated by the end of the month, not to mention tricky cup ties with Everton and Bayern Munich.

Arsenal have looked sluggish in the past few weeks and need to find a way to reignite their engines. After the news of Wilshere's injury while playing for England, per Matt Law of The Telegraph, and the spiralling form of record signing Mesut Ozil, it seems the wheels have come off this Premier League campaign.

This year was the perfect season for Arsenal to mount a charge, with Manchester United going into transition while Chelsea and City had to introduce new managers.

However, with Liverpool outscoring opponents at will, and City racking up the games in hand, it could be the case that any further losses see Wenger's side fighting for fourth spot, rather than the title. 

The threat of finishing below Tottenham still remains, and that would be the ultimate humiliation for the north London club.