Arsene Wenger has said that the chances of Arsenal winning the Premier League this season is all but over after the 1-0 defeat at the hands of leaders Manchester City.

In the process, Arsenal also surrendered as their eight match unbeaten run in the league. The 1-0 defeat, which came courtesy of a David Silva strike in the second half, condemned Arsenal to the first defeat in eight matches. Even though Arsene Wenger said that the defeat was hard to take, the possibility of Arsenal staging a late comeback for the Premier League title race seems all but over.

It was only a week ago that the title race looked like being opened by Chelsea after the London club defeated Manchester City for the first time this season. It closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points, but the win over Arsenal just confirms the superiority of Manchester City. Arsene Wenger, though, was critical of the refereeing decisions in the match, as he believed that Arsenal should have been awarded a goal that was wrongly disallowed for offside. Despite the defeat, Wenger has said that there have been plenty of positives for Arsenal to take from the match and they should not be looking to downtrodden.

"There are lots of positives; the team has done well since August. The progress is encouraging, but we need encouragement and points. Today we only got encouragement. It was a game which could have gone both ways. It was very intense,” said Wenger after the defeat. He also said that Arsenal will not be making a move for French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in the January transfer window. Manchester City have continued their perfect start at the Etihad Stadium with this victory, despite suffering a defeat last week to Chelsea.