By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes he is in the midst of the most open title race in his 13-year tenure at Arsenal.
The Frenchman's side hauled themselves back into the Premier League's leading pack with a 2-1 win at Liverpool on Sunday.
A fortnight earlier, Arsenal had been pretty much written off after losing to Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. The 11-point advantage the visitors opened up that day has been more than halved since then, meanwhile Manchester United and Tottenham have also suffered defeats.
On Friday, Wenger predicted this season's champions may require as little as 78 points to finish on top. Ahead of the trip to Burnley, he was suggesting the strength of the chasing group meant that shocks were possible in every round of matches.
"It is certainly the most open," he said. "Why? Because nobody looks to runaway early in the season.
"Instead of having four teams, I believe you have six, seven or eight teams who can all cause a surprise at any weekend.
"That is why certainly, since I have been here, this is the most open title race.
"And I feel there are that many [teams] capable of winning the title too."
Arsenal are certainly back in that bracket after Anfield on Sunday. Not that the manager was ever in any doubt.
"I have been deeply convinced from the beginning of the season that this can be our year," remarked Wenger. "I said that after the Chelsea game too.
"It is down to how well we improve as a group, how tough mentally we are, how ready for a fight we are in every single game, and how much we will improve from September until May."