Arsene Wenger welcomes chance to focus on drifting out of title race after Bayern defeat


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed his side’s defeat to Bayern Munich and their impending European exit, stating that the lack of Champions League football will allow his side to focus more on drifting out of the Premier League title race.

Wenger’s team were beaten 5-1 by the German champions on Wednesday, a result which leaves them bottom of their group. But Wenger feels the defeat may be a blessing in disguise in the broader picture of his side’s pursuit of ultimately failing to win the league title.

“Of course we’re disappointed with the defeat but you’ve got to look on the bright side of these things. If we drop out of Europe there’s no reason my players can’t give their full focus on not winning the title,” said Wenger, adding that as the season gets towards the serious stage of March and April, he doesn’t want his player thinking about anything else aside from finishing second or third.

“At the end of the day you don’t want any distractions. If we can push on now until the end of the season I’m confident we’ll find a way to slowly but surely fall away from the top.”

At press time, Wenger added that depending on how the season panned out, his side may drop out of the title race even sooner this year with an eye to focusing on not winning it next year.

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