Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has written off the club’s title hopes ahead of their clash with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
The French international does not believe it is worth talking about getting back in the title race, even if the Gunners can make the Blues sweat a little bit with a victory today.
Arsenal are currently on an eight-game winning run in the league after a superb run of form of late, but that has not helped them close the gap on their rivals significantly, with Jose Mourinho’s title favourites still ten points clear at the top with just six games remaining.
It would take a monumental collapse from Chelsea to allow Arsenal back into the running, and Koscielny believes that he and his team-mates should simply keep focus on their own tasks for the rest of this campaign – finishing as high as possible in the table and beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at the end of May.
“We are focused on us. We don’t talk about the title. It’s finished,” the 29-year-old is quoted in The Sun.
“After we will see, for me the title is finished but we are professionals and we want to finish in a high position and we have the final of the FA Cup so we can finish the season well.”