Arsenal's Arsene Wenger: Leicester favourites to win Premier League title
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has increased the pressure on Leicester by insisting that they are now favourites for the Premier League title.
Wenger's side host the Foxes on Sunday in a key clash between the title rivals, with the visitors five points ahead of the Gunners at the top of the table.
And even though Arsenal can cut that gap to just two points with a win at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger is adamant that Leicester should be considered the frontrunners for the title.
"In one week Leicester have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City," Wenger told reporters after his side's 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday. "That means that they suddenly become the favourite to win the Premier League. That makes our game on Sunday a big one."
Wenger repeated the line about Leicester being favourites several times on Sunday -- a day after Claudio Ranieri insisted his players should not be playing under any pressure.
"Bring to me all the pressure," he said after Leicester's convincing 3-1 victory at City. "Let them play free."
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Leicester's win at City came after a 2-0 home victory against Liverpool, and another win at Arsenal would give them a massive edge in the title race.
However, the Gunners beat Ranieri's men 5-2 at the King Power Stadium in September, and Wenger said his side have "enough quality and the nerves" to get another victory.
"We have a week to prepare for that and I have to think about it. Leicester is a strong side but we are also a strong side," Wenger said. "At home with our fans and support, we can do it."
And Wenger said Arsenal will enter the game with renewed confidence after ending a four-game winless run in the league by beating Bournemouth.
"We hadn't won for a while, and the confidence drops a little bit and the frustration comes in," Wenger said. "We had a strong defensive performance overall, and that is very good for the future.
"We have now a big game at home ... and we can maybe prepare in better psychological conditions because we won today."
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.