By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger is confident that Arsenal can still win the Premier League despite their current position - because sport changes constantly.
The Frenchman knows that his side may be behind in the title race as things stands, but says that the table can alter so quickly that they are anything but out of contention.
Arsenal have picked up just one point from their last three games, leading some analysts to write them out of the chase for the Premier League crown. But Wenger is not concerned.
"It is our job not to let people think the situation is definite," he said.
"I can understand people’s conclusions but our job is to fight and not to give up. We must fight to win the League – if we don’t have that belief it cannot happen."
Arsenal are currently nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, but just three weeks ago went top of the table themselves with a 4-2 home win over Bolton.
That completed a superb turnaround by the Gunners, who had been 11 points off the pace after their 3-0 home defeat to Carlo Ancelotti's side at the end of November.
That change in Arsenal's Premier League position over the space of just two months emphasises how quickly football can change. The recent run of results may have left the Gunners trailing in the hunt for the title but it does give Wenger's side the advantage of having played each of their fellow 'Big Four' teams twice by the middle of February.
"I am sure mathematically [winning the League] can happen," said the Frenchman. "And if you look at the fixtures it can really happen. But it is down to how much we believe and how much we refuse to give up and how much we can stick together despite all the conclusions.
"Sport is change and movement and we have to accept that in sport things can change quickly.
"Of course it is realistic to still think we can catch Manchester United and Chelsea - why not? We have already played all the big teams.
"There was a coincidence of the fixtures, which was quite amazing. If we had won all the games, then it would have been a big advantage.
"At the moment, it is a disadvantage, but let's continue to believe in what we do, play our game against Liverpool with belief. We will not always be 2-0 down after 20 minutes."Copyright 2017 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