By Richard Clarke

Johan Djourou says his Arsenal side have the belief to chase down Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premiership table.

The 19-year-old was at the centre of the visitors' defence at Wigan on Wednesday night as Arsène Wenger's side moved up to third with a 1-0 win.

Afterwards Djourou suggested his side still considered themselves title contenders.

"The Premiership does not end until May and we are just trying to win every game," he said. "Obviously we are a bit low at the moment and Chelsea and Manchester United are above us. But we are going to try and catch up with them. Everybody says 'oh it is hard, it is hard' but the belief is there."

Sir Alex Ferguson's side are 15 points ahead of Arsenal so the immediate target must be second-place Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's have a 10-point advantage over Djourou's side but the Swiss international argues that the draw between the two teams at the weekend proves there is little difference between the two.

"They are more consistent than us but on Sunday we showed we are not weaker than them," said Djourou.  

"We very played well, showed great team spirit and were unlucky not to win it. I know they created chances but it was a great game and we did well."

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Richard Clarke 14 Dec 2006