'It's still open'

Arsene Wenger is insisting that Arsenal still have a chance to win the title, despite chucking away a lead again in last night’s pulsating north London derby.

Arsenal were looking like they were going to run up a cricket score at White Hart Lane when Robin van Persie scored to put them 3-1 up, but they let Tottenham back in the game, and Tom Huddlestone’s wonder strike was followed up by a Rafael Van Der Vaart penalty to let Man United off the hook. Worse than that for the Gunners, Chelsea are now in second place, having beaten Birmingham 3-1. However Wenger still thinks his side have a chance.

‘It is completely open,’ said Wenger. ‘We have to get ready for the next game (away at Bolton Wanderers) and fight as we have done. This team has a remarkable attitude, even if at the moment we are not rewarded with the number of points. We are remarkably consistent. We are on a 16-match unbeaten league run but we have had too many draws. That is what we have to turn around. But it is open. Chelsea are back in the race and they play Man United and Spurs. It is down to us to keep our faith and keep battling. We will not always draw when we score three goals.

‘We controlled the first half and to be 3-2 did not reflect the first half. They didn't create a lot and I also feel that we scored a goal that was not offside. But it is not all negative. What happened to us on Sunday... to recover and come back... I believe that this team has outstanding personality. Not many teams would have survived what has happened to us recently.’

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