By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal can still compete for the title - if they improve defensively.

The Gunners had to settle for a 3-3 draw against Fulham on Saturday in one of the most entertaining games of the Premier League season, squandering the chance to claim all three points when goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer saved Mikel Arteta's penalty from the last kick of the game.

Wenger admits that his team lost their focus when they led 2-0 against their London rivals but is backing them to come good.

"I feel, yes, of course [we are in the title race]. Why not?" said Wenger.

"It is a concern, because we looked quite solid defensively until now, and on Saturday we looked very fragile. I put that down to the fact that at 2-0 up instead of becoming more aggressive, we became a bit easier, instead of continuing to push forward to close them down.

"We let them play, and that was a big problem for us.

"When we were 3-2 down, we went for it and created chances again. The belief is not at its maximum at the moment, but I don't think the result at Schalke helped the team. But we have to digest and come back again. That's the game, that's football, that's sport.

"We have only lost one game at home, and on two set pieces until now. So I think Saturday was a little bit of a special day, but I believe we can defensively do much better.

"If we had scored the penalty, nobody speaks about it. 'You had some dodgy moments in the game, but you won the game.' Three points, that's what we wanted today. We were close to doing it, and we have to do it in the next game."

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