Nani must be 1,600 times more intelligent than me! Arsenal boss Wenger rubbishes claims that Chelsea are Manchester United's only title rivals

Arsenal-baiter: Nani (left) is challenged by Alex Song

Arsenal-baiter: Nani (left) is challenged by Alex Song

Arsene Wenger has hit back at Nani's claims that only Manchester United and Chelsea will fight it out for the league title.

The Arsenal boss has insisted that nobody can be sure who will win the Premier League, with the Gunners just two points behind leaders United going into the crucial festive period.

'Everybody has a different opinion in this league and nobody is a prophet,' said Wenger. 'We live in a society where everybody knows everything and it looks like it is a shame to say I don’t know.

'I personally don’t know who will win the league. I have managed 1,600 games so if Nani knows he must be 1,600 times more intelligent than I am.'

Nani, who starred in United's recent 1-0 win over Arsenal, declared earlier in the week that only Carlo Ancelotti's men will provide a serious challenge in the coming months.

He said: 'I no longer see anybody winning the Premier League outside of Manchester United or Chelsea. Hopefully it will be United.'

Both United and Chelsea had their games postponed last weekend, with the Reds back in action on Boxing Day when they entertain Sunderland.

Arsenal face a crucial match on Monday against Chelsea.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger applauds fans

Still fighting: Wenger applauds fans after defeat at Old Trafford earlier this month

Meanwhile, Wenger admits he is 'surprised and disappointed' at the decision to overlook David Dein for the post of FA chairman.

Dein was the frontrunner for the position but the nominations committee headed by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside instead plumped for ex-Manchester City chairman David Bernstein.

Wenger, who was lured to Arsenal by Dein in 1996 and worked alongside him until 2007 when the Gunners vice-chairman stepped down, believes his former colleague would have been the ideal choice to take the FA forward.

'I was completely surprised and disappointed,' said Wenger. 'He would have offered a competent knowledge of football and international football. It is a disappointment.'

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