“If you ask a team who is four points behind us, they will say it’s realistic to try and catch us. Manchester City are four points in front of us so mathematically of course that is possible. Wenger confirmed Aaron Ramsey is ahead of schedule in recovering from a hamstring injury and is back in the squad for the short hop to Loftus Road. The Wales international has not featured since suffering another hamstring problem on February 10 but is now back in contention, although fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere remains sidelined. The 23-year-old had been closing in on his own return but underwent surgery on his troublesome ankle and, despite Wenger claiming he would be absent for days rather than weeks, he confirmed Wilshere will not feature in neither the QPR contest or Monday’s FA Cup sixth-round clash at Manchester United. “He is doing well,” Wenger said of the England international. “It takes some time to heal the wound after the surgery – it will take his a few days. I don’t set any dates, but what is for sure is that for Man United he will not be available.” As well as having Ramsey at his disposal, Wenger is hoping Francis Coquelin could also play despite fracturing his nose in Sunday’s victory over Everton, with the midfielder set to sport a protective mask. Press Association Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side are currently “nowhere near” being involved in the race for the Premier League title – but believes a consistent run could change all that. Wenger takes his side across London to face struggling QPR on Wednesday night looking for a seventh win in eight league games but, even with such a strong run of form, Wenger feels a push for the title is not currently feasible. “At the moment we are nowhere near to winning the Premier League, and nowhere near close to being in the race,” he said. “But what we want is to do as well as we can without speculating on the weakness of any team. The only thing you can say is that it’s very tight. “You look in front of you, Manchester City are four points ahead of us, and you look behind you, there’s plenty of people chasing us. “That will be very, very tight and it will be down to consistency in our results and mental strength. That will certainly be needed again on Wednesday night.” Whilst closing in on Capital One Cup winners Chelsea seems an outside bet for Wenger, he is hoping a drop in form form reigning champions Man City could open up the chance to pip Manuel Pellegrini’s side to second spot. “At the moment we are too far from Chelsea to say we are in the title race, but you never know what can happen,” he added. “I speak as well about Man City, why should they give up for the title? They have done it three years ago by being eight points behind. The Gunners currently sit third in the table and are nine points adrift of league-leaders Chelsea, with Manchester City four points clear in second spot. The chase for the top four has closed up in recent weeks with Arsenal likely to come under heavy pressure from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
ELLSWORTH — The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners have recorded wins in their first two outings, and the Sumner Tigers and George Stevens Academy Eagles each posted victories in the opening week of girls’ high school soccer action. Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Old Town 4, Ellsworth 0The Old Town Coyotes spoiled the season opener for the Ellsworth Eagles with a 4-0 shutout on Friday in Old Town.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGoalkeeper Kayla Madden held the Eagles scoreless and received offensive support from Rachel Martin, who scored twice, and Baylee Labree and Brittany Cousins, who each had a goal.Bucksport 2, Searsport 2Goals by Belle Cyr and Eliza Hosford were enough to give the Bucksport Golden Bucks a double overtime tie with the Searsport Vikings on Friday in Searsport.Kaylee Knowles and Karigen Coffin each scored for the Vikings, who outshot Bucksport 18-5.Brooklynn Alberts had one save for Searsport in goal, and Bree Coombs made 10 stops for the Golden Bucks.Washington Academy 5, Sumner 1The Sumner Tigers fell to the Washington Academy Raiders 5-1 on Friday in East Machias in the season opener for both teams.Sumner’s lone goal was by Hannah Fleming.Sophie Squire and Molly Sheehan each scored twice and Lucia Aretakis had a goal for the Raiders in the win.Goalkeeper Jordan Merchant made 16 saves for the Tigers.DI-Stonington 3, Narraguagus 1The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners opened their season on Friday in Harrington with a 3-1 win over the Narraguagus Knights.Orono 5, GSA 0The Orono Red Riots scored five goals on 20 shots as they rolled to a shutout of the George Stevens Academy Eagles in Friday’s season opener in Orono.Madison Politte made eight saves in goal for the Eagles.For Orono, Becky Lopez-Anido had a pair of goals and Brinsley Chasse, Daphne Murphy and Giorgia Calcagno each had single tallies.Sumner 4, Narraguagus 0The Sumner Tigers notched four goals, three of them in the first half, to down the Narraguagus Knights 4-0 on Monday in Harrington.The win evened the Tigers’ record at 1-1.DI-Stonington 4, Bangor Christian 3An overtime goal by Allison Cormier, her second of the game, lifted the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Bangor Christian Patriots on Monday in Bangor.The Patriots had rallied from a 2-0 deficit after Holli Boyce scored the game’s opening goal and Cormier notched her first tally early in the second half.Caitlyn Wallinga scored the first Patriot goal on a penalty kick and Lexie Thompson knotted the score.Morgan Shepard put the Mariners back in front, but Kate Jones scored for the Patriots to re-tie the game and force the overtime.Allyson Eaton and Logan Eaton combined in goal for 11 saves on 15 shots for the 2-0 Mariners, and Sierra McDonald made eight stops for the Patriots.GSA 2, Bucksport 1The GSA Eagles evened their record at 1-1 on Monday, edging the Bucksport Golden Bucks 2-1 in Bucksport.Alice Dillon scored the first of two second-half goals for GSA, with Lindsay Nevin giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.Eliza Hosford scored the lone goal for the 0-1-1 Bucks on a penalty kick late in the second half. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]