Wenger: Season’s not over, it’s still so exciting

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger insists his demoralised team’s season is not slipping away, despite seeing them tumble out of a third competition in a fortnight at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A 2-0 defeat to Manchester United ended their hopes of lifting the FA Cup, hot on the heels of their elimination from the Champions League at Barcelona and a farcical Carling Cup final loss to Birmingham.

To make matters worse, Wenger is losing key players with every passing match, defender Johan Djourou becoming the latest victim with a dislocated shoulder, yet the Frenchman remains hopeful of winning the Premier League.

“My biggest task is to lift the players for what lies ahead. We have a massive task now but the challenge we are aiming for now is so exciting,” said Wenger.

“I believe we can do it and I don’t feel like the season is slipping away. We are used to being questioned. We have to show we are strong enough to deal with it.”

27 Feb Lose Carling Cup final 2-1 to Birmingham and lose Van Persie to injury

5 Mar Held 0-0 by Sunderland, missing chance to move to within a point of leaders Man Utd, with a game in hand

8 Mar Knocked out of Europe by Barcelona; Szczesny seriously injured, Fabregas hurts hamstring

12 Mar Exit FA Cup in 2-0 defeat at Man Utd; Djourou injured and ruled out for season