Mesut Ozil has refused to concede that Arsenal are out of the title race

Published 10/01/17 

Mesut Ozil has refused to concede that Arsenal are out of the title race despite their struggles to close the gap to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger’s side find themselves eight points off their London rivals at the top of the table after securing only a point away to Bournemouth 24 hours before Chelsea suffered their first defeat since September away to Tottenham.

Ozil missed the trip to the south coast with the illness that sidelined him for games against Crystal Palace and Preston but is expected to be back in the squad for Saturday’s visit to Swansea, the sort of match where Arsenal can ill afford to drop further points if they are to remain in a competitive title race involving six sides.

But it is not too late for Arsenal to turn it around, Ozil insisted.

“Definitely not, the past has shown it,” the Arsenal playmaker told Kicker when asked whether his side were out of the title race. “We led the league around a year ago, and more than a few thought we'd now go on and win the title. Chelsea are in that role now. 

“We need to get on a roll, and you are nearing the top soon enough. I am convinced that we can still achieve our goal to be at the very top at the end.”

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