By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits it would be “pretentious” to claim that his team are still in the title race.

Arsenal trail leaders Manchester United by 10 points, having played a game more, while Liverpool and Chelsea lead the Gunners by nine and six points respectively.

With just eight Premier League matches remaining, Arsenal would need a seismic shift in the balance of power to pip their rivals. That said, Wenger wants maximum points from those games so his side can capitalise if their rivals do falter.

“I don’t think we are still in the title race because unless Man United collapse completely, it would be a bit pretentious at the moment to say we are in it,” said the Frenchman.

“What is high in our mind is to get as close as possible to the teams who are at the top and then if something happens, not to have any regrets.

“If you look at the table and the fixtures, then you never know, but it is at the moment very much premature to say that we are in the title race.

“It would not be very realistic but we have to get as close as we can.”

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3 Apr 2009