Arsène Wenger says Manchester United should not be ruled out of the title race.

The champions are nine points behind Arsenal with some bookmakers offering odds as long as 12/1 for them to retain their title.

The bookies have an opinion that you can understand because they just look at the table

Arsène Wenger

But Wenger refuses to believe it's now a three-horse race between his side, Chelsea and Manchester City.

"I wouldn't rule some other teams out like Man United," Wenger said. "It's a bit early to make any prediction on the championship. What is more at stake for us is the consistency that we have shown until now.

"We want to transfer that in the next games that are coming up, because it's a very difficult month we have in front of us. If we can maintain the quality in our game, the concentration and the solidarity level, then we have a good chance.

"The bookies have an opinion that you can understand because they just look at the table."

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 Isaac Moore 3 Dec 2013