Belfast Telegraph

Wenger promises to fight on

Arsene Wenger will take his much-criticised Arsenal team to Bolton on Sunday knowing there can be no more margin for error if they are to have any say in the destiny of the Barclays Premier League title.

The Gunners slipped back into third place behind Chelsea on goal difference after they were unable to close out a pulsating north London derby at Tottenham on Wednesday despite leading 3-1 just before half-time. Manchester United are now six points clear, but still have to travel to the Emirates Stadium on May 1 and then host Chelsea.

"Chelsea are back in and they play Manchester United," he said. "We have games we know we can win, at some stage it will be down to us. We will fight."

Despite the disappointment of the final result in the 3-3 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday, Arsenal were at times irresistible going forwards, sweeping into an early lead inside five minutes through Theo Walcott before all-too-familiar frailties at the other end cost them dear.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny - who conceded a second-half penalty when he tripped Aaron Lennon which allowed Spurs to level at 3-3 - maintains all is not lost as the Gunners should take great courage from their efforts in what was a high-octane affair at White Hart Lane.

"Of course we are fighting, when you play at White Hart Lane for Arsenal you give everything, 110%," he said. "We came with a belief we were going to win, it did not happen for us, but we can be proud of our attitude. We played some fantastic attacking football, especially in the first half, and were probably unlucky to go into half-time with only a one-goal lead."

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas produced an all-action display against Spurs.

The Spain international hopes his new-found fitness levels will continue to the end of the season following a niggling hamstring problem.

Fabregas said on Twitter: "Personally I didn't feel as good as yesterday since the day I got injured vs Stoke. Hopefully it can continue till the end of the season.

"Credit to Spurs for not giving up and give us a real test. Now rest and ready for a big game Sunday at Bolton."


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