By Chris Harris

Arsenal are not back in the title race just yet, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Frenchman has seen his side reel off eight wins in ten matches, including three straight victories in the Premier League to take them up to seventh in the table.

Arsenal are just three points off the Champions League places but remain 12 points behind high-flying Manchester City. Wenger thinks the gap needs to close before his team can be considered contenders.

"It is too early to say that," said the manager. "If we win a few more games, why not? At the moment I do not think we are far enough to say that.

"We are only three points behind Chelsea but we need a strong period and Manchester City need a weaker period which they are not having at the moment.

"At the moment, we are not near enough to say we are playing for the championship but we want to come back. We are back already in a position where we can aspire to be in the top four. We were not three weeks ago.

"Mathematically we are not out of it but you have to be closer to speak about it. We are 12 points behind Man City and that is too much. So for us, let’s be humble and progressive."

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4 Nov 2011