Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas seems to believe that his club's chances of becoming Premier League champions this season have gone. The Spanish international, currently recovering from a knee injury sustained whilst playing against Liverpool in December, feels that those fans who are still dreaming of the title are being unrealistic in the scale of their ambitions.
"It's not realistic to look at the league title now," tabloid newspaper The Sun reports Fabregas as saying.
"You can never say never but we would not be intelligent to be looking right to the top of the league."
Instead of focusing on the title, Fabregas thinks that the wise thing to do in Arsenal's current situation is to take what's left of the season on a match to match basis, picking up points and maintaining the pressure on those above them.
"To be intelligent now is to go game by game and think about who is directly in front of us," he added.
Although unbeaten since early December, the Gunners have failed to win in their last three league games, and were held to a goalless draw at the weekend by a spirited and well-organised Sunderland side.
That run means that they are now in fifth place in the Premier League table, six points behind Aston Villa, who currently occupy the last, much-coveted Champions League qualification place.
Zack Wilson, Goal.com