By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes the title race is still alive - but only just.

Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premiership was 17 points at one stage, but Manchester United's run of eight consecutive wins has narrowed the gap to seven. Despite the champions' recent stutter, they remain hot favourites in Wenger's eyes.

"We never had a seven-point lead with six games to go," he said. "We had only five points, and it was with 10 games to go. Chelsea are in a much more comfortable situation.

"I would not say [Manchester United] have no chance, but Chelsea are in a comfortable situation. I would say it is 80:20 [in their favour] basically."

This Sunday could be a pivotal day in the title race. Chelsea play host to West Ham while United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford. Would a victory for Wenger's team end United's hopes of pegging back the Blues?

"Unless Chelsea drop points against West Ham, you don't know," said Wenger. "The advantage United have is they will know the result [because Chelsea kick off earlier].

"It's as well a disadvantage if Chelsea win their game. United will then be in a situation where they cannot afford to drop points."

33/1 - Man Utd v Arsenal - Thierry Henry to score first and Arsenal to win 2-1


Copyright 2014 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 Chris Harris 7 Apr 2006