Video - Wenger admits title is on the line against Tottenham
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his side's Premier League title hopes will be left in ruins if they lose Saturday's north London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
The Gunners head into the defining game of their Premier League title challenge on the back of three successive defeats that culminated with a 2-1 home loss against Swansea on Wednesday night.
Wenger has come under fire yet again in a week that also saw his team lose 3-2 to an injury-hit Manchester United at Old Trafford and he admits the pressure is on his team to perform against Spurs.
“This is maybe one of the few where the title race is at stake, maybe the only one since I am here,” he stated.
The Arsenal boss also insisted disgruntled supporters would stand behind him and his team for a game that means so much to both sets of supporters.
“The fans will be behind us, I don’t worry for that,” he said.
“This is one game where fans are always behind us, and it is down to us to give them more belief and make them more vocal. Confidence has been a bit jaded.
"Always in football, we do 98 per cent of things right and need to find two per cent. That’s down to our collective qualities and putting more effort in.
“It is hard to predict what will happen tomorrow. We are determined to bounce back from a difficult few days."
Wenger also confirmed keeper Petr Cech is set to miss a month of action with an injury picked up in the Swansea game.
“It’s a serious calf injury,” added Wenger. “He had a groin alert on the first goal.
"Maybe he compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury. We had to make the decision before the game because he had a little groin problem but he declared himself 100 per cent fit. Then you have to trust the player.
“He’s 33-years-old and he knows his body. If he says he’s fit then he is available. You want the players to be tough enough to sometimes be able to play through a little pain.
"You’re never completely perfect before a game in March. He took that very well and I respect that.”