By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has demanded his side fight for their Premier League dream.

Arsenal kept place with leaders Chelsea and closed on second-place Manchester United with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

The British bookmakers still rate Wenger’s side as third favourites for the title but the manager is undeterred.

“We will fight for our dream,” he said. “It is a good combination of having a target but as well being realistic.

“The closer you get the bigger the pressure becomes at the top of the league. Chelsea as well have difficult games and play in the Champions League. But let’s not try to predict, let’s go from game to game and see what happens.

“On our side I believe we have the spirit, the belief and if we can keep the togetherness we showed on Saturday then we have a chance.

“But we go to Stoke on Saturday. We know we have to turn up with full belief and full commitment there or the dream will be shattered.”

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