Date: 9th February 2017 at 12:04pm
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Defeats against Watford and Chelsea last week left Arsenal’s already fading title hopes in tatters ahead of the visit from Hull on Saturday.

However, despite admitting it had been a ‘difficult week’ Arsene Wenger had refused to admit defeat in Arsenal’s bid to win the Premier League this season. Asked if he thought the Gunners’ title hopes had ended he said he didn’t and the fight will continue until the end of the campaign.

Wenger’s news conference saw him quoted by as saying.

‘It`s never over – we cannot behave like that. Even if you think it is, I don`t. We cannot even think like that. We look at the teams around us and we`re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.’

Chelsea are in a dominant position and will take some catching – not just by Arsenal after the Stamford Bridge defeat but anyone – but Wenger went on to say if we accepted our Premier League season was over the so would everybody else.

The reaction at the Emirates Stadium against Hull will be vital though.

‘The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it`s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know. They have an advantage where they aren`t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.’

Hull have shown much improvement since Marco Silva became the boss at the start of last month. They visit knowing a win – potentially even a point – could take them out of the relegation zone.

Asked if he was surprised at the job Silva had managed at the KCOM Stadium so far Wenger said he wasn’t.

‘Not really because I felt they played well since the start of the season but they had not always the results. The Premier League is difficult for everybody – they were a bit unlucky sometimes so they are a tough opposition for us.’

He finished by saying he’s expecting another difficult game as always. Wenger also said he doesn’t think a bad week should see the Arsenal quality – which many weren’t questioning before – come under too much scrutiny.

‘Every game is difficult, especially at the Emirates. We have to prepare well to face a Hull team with more confidence than when we played them, so we have to prepare well. We need to focus on what we do well and the quality of our game. As well these players have been great players [before] last Tuesday, they are still great players one week later. You are not a different player. You have to have common sense a little bit.’

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