Arsène Wenger believes the title race is still “very open” - but accepts his side must beat Manchester City if they are to get close to the top of the table.
The Gunners head into Sunday’s clash against the champions at Emirates Stadium on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in the league.
Wenger believes there could still be some twists over the course of the second half of the season, but says his team must start their charge now.
“First we have to get close, and for us to get closer we have to win these kinds of games or we have no chance at all,” the manager said.
“At the moment, it looks unlikely but we do not have to give up. We want to fight to get closer and then hope we still have a chance. We are still trying to shorten the distance between us and the top [of the table].
“It is still very open. When you watch the games, no team goes into a Premier League match and is sure to win it. Therefore I believe every team can drop points.
“It is much more open than people think it is. You see Manchester United; they win their games because they score many goals, but it is difficult for everybody.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Jan 2013