Belfast Telegraph

Wenger: Gunners still in title race

Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal are still in the title race despite seeing his side drop to third in the table after Wednesday night's thrilling 3-3 draw in the north London derby against Tottenham.

The Gunners now trail Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United by six points after the game at White Hart Lane, which Arsenal led 3-1 after 40 minutes thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie. A strike from Tom Huddlestone and a Rafael van der Vaart double ensured that Spurs picked up a point to deny their bitter rivals.

"The title race is completely open," Wenger said. "This team has a remarkable attitude and even if at the moment we do not have the number of points, we are remarkably consistent and it was a difficult game."

Ten points from their remaining five games would win the title for United while Chelsea will also be confident of putting in a late surge after their 3-1 defeat of Birmingham.

But Wenger is upbeat about his side's chances of being crowned champions, despite their latest setback.

He added: "Chelsea are now back in the race. Chelsea play Man United and Tottenham but it's down to us. We have to keep our faith and keep battling."

Wenger rued what he believed was an incorrect call to rule out Van Persie's disallowed second-half strike, and his side's lack of fitness.

He also admitted to being frustrated at his team's inability to hold on to a lead - a problem which has troubled the Londoners throughout this campaign.

"It is disappointing because we had the lead and we were 3-1 up and I feel as well that we scored a goal that was not offside," Wenger said. "But with an average performance we wouldn't have come away with a point.

"We played the game how we wanted to play but we dropped physically in the second half and you could see that the Liverpool game had a baring on this game."


From Belfast Telegraph