By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes there are “six or seven” contenders for the Premier League title at the moment.

The Frenchman saw his side move into the top four at the weekend with a 3-1 win over Birmingham while two other members of the ‘Big Four’, Liverpool and Chelsea, were defeated.

With Sunderland and Tottenham joining the expected title challenge of Man City and Aston Villa, the Arsenal manager believes the English top flight is wide open right now.

“What is interesting in the League is it is much tighter than everybody predicted before the season,” said Wenger. “There are six or seven teams that have a chance at the moment.

"So we have all to be happy, take that potential in an intelligent way and think that when we are cruising we have to keep focussed and not lose it.

“Chelsea have lost against difficult but not unbeatable teams. For a while everybody thought Chelsea would be out of reach but that was certainly not the case this weekend and that gives everybody a possibility.

“Sometimes the fixtures [make a difference] as well. We were lucky to play at home this weekend but Liverpool played away. It’s difficult away from home. After the last international break we lost at Manchester City. If you look the two teams that lost at the weekend, Chelsea and Liverpool, played away.”

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
19 Oct 2009