By Richard Clarke
Manchester United and Chelsea may be well ahead of Arsenal in the Premiership table but Arsène Wenger believes neither are "unreachable".
The Frenchman takes his side to Fulham this evening looking to make up for Saturday's acutely disappointing defeat at Bolton. Arsenal will start the game down in sixth - 13 points behind Manchester United and 10 behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. It is that neck-and-neck race at the front that leads Wenger to believe the gap could yet be reeled in.
"There is no team in England who you can say is not reachable," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "Last year at this time, Chelsea were already out of reach for anybody.
That is not the case this year.
"This year there is a place to take because no body has taken all the points. I do not know if it is because Chelsea are inferior, or all the other teams are better.
"But it is much easier this year than last season and the year before, also than when we were champions in 2004 and did not lose a game.
"At the same time we have two teams to catch now, that is our problem."
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