By Chris Harris
Much has been made about the tightness of this season's Premier League title race but Arsène Wenger expects the battle at the bottom of the table to be even more intense.
Bolton travel to Emirates Stadium on Saturday sitting relatively pretty in 11th place. However, Wanderers remain in a precarious position with just five points separating the bottom 10 clubs in the top flight.
Wenger attributes that to a general improvement among the 'second tier' of Premier League clubs and, as a result, the Frenchman is predicting a nail-biting battle to avoid relegation.
"What I make of the league is what we’ve seen since the start is that it’s a very tight league," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
"You play a game where if you win you are playing for Europe and then next week it’s not to go down.
"Apart from the top six or seven, everyone can be involved in relegation. That means the quality has gone up and the difference between the teams has become smaller.
"The top teams have dropped more points than ever and that’s not because the top teams are less good but because the other sides in the second part of the table are much better than years before."Copyright 2013 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 9 Jan 2009