By Giuseppe Muro

This season’s Premier League title race is the most open for a long time, according to Arsène Wenger.

You can understand the manager’s viewpoint. Just five points separate the top four teams while, over the weekend, Arsenal and Chelsea lost plus Manchester United had to rely on an injury-time winner against Wolves.

The Frenchman feels strains of midweek European games mean the top teams will drop points on a regular basis with an unpredictable title race the inevitable outcome.

“Certainly [it will be the most open] for a long long time,” said the manager.

“The demands on the teams in Europe are very high and the level of the less prestigious teams in the Premier League has gone up so I believe everybody will drop points.

“Unless Chelsea run away with it everybody else looks to be fighting and even Chelsea look like they will drop points.

“They have lost a couple. [You] must give them the credit that it was at difficult places at Manchester City and Liverpool so that’s never easy but at least that keeps the league tight.”

“But the level has gone up and I think the physical resistance of the teams who are a bit less good technically has become stronger.

“All the teams in the Premier League can remain disciplined for 90 minutes therefore you have a little bit less difference made in the second half than years before.”

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9 Nov 2010