By Chris Harris

The festive period will NOT define the Premier League title race, according to Arsène Wenger.

This is traditionally a hectic time of year for English football and 2010 is no exception with every top-flight club facing four games in ten days or less. Arsenal, for their part, must squeeze in fixtures against Chelsea, Wigan, Birmingham and Manchester City.

With 12 points up for grabs this can often be a decisive stage of the season but Wenger thinks this year could be an exception. However he still wants maximum points to keep Arsenal in the best possible shape going into the New Year.

"No [the festive games won't be decisive] because it's too tight at the top of the table," said the Frenchman. "But it is an important period, that's for sure.

"I'd say for us that January is a vital month because we play many games as we are involved in the FA Cup, Carling Cup and championship. The way in which we can focus in every game will certainly decide our season.

"What we want is to win every single game. You speak about four but I speak about one. That’s the next one. We know our home form - Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool we have played away and our home form in these kind of games will be decisive."

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23 Dec 2010