By Chris Harris

Emmanuel Adebayor believes the title race is still wide open even though Arsenal failed to close the gap at the top on Sunday.

The Togolese striker was sent off during the second half of a fractious encounter with League leaders Liverpool and, although Arsenal raised their game with 10 men, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

That leaves Arsène Wenger's side back in fifth place, eight points behind Liverpool, seven behind Chelsea, three behind their next opponents Aston Villa and a solitary point behind Manchester United. Adebayor and company have it all to do but the 24-year-old insists Arsenal still have a realistic chance of title glory.

"Even with 10 men, we managed to get a point against Liverpool who are at the top of the table with players who are playing well," he said. "We still have a chance to do something.

"We have to go there [to Anfield], they have to play Manchester United and Chelsea too. The title is still open for everyone to win it.

"To be honest, I do not know yet [how costly Sunday's draw will be]. I will tell you that at the end of the season.

"The referee took those two points away, and if you think about our own mistakes in some other games, you can see where the title could have gone. But at the moment, we are still there and have just to keep going."

The common consensus ahead of Sunday's game was that Arsenal needed to pull off another big win against a 'Big Four' club to stay in the hunt. But Chelsea's draw at Everton on Monday night means the Gunners have not lost ground and, given the circumstances of Sunday's game, Adebayor is staying positive.

"At the end of the day, I can say it is a point gained because we were playing with 10 men for the last 30 minutes of the game," he said.

"We are not happy, but we can be pleased with the performance of the team. Every single player has shown character and that is what is good.

"We just have to keep going now, and have shown that even with 10 we can play good football and so with 11 we have a chance to win."

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23 Dec 2008