By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger knows that Sunday’s game against Manchester United is no longer a title-decider but insists the gap between the two sides has closed.

The meeting at Emirates Stadium was billed as the match that could decide the destination of the Premier League crown before Arsenal’s bid faded in the last week with dropped points against Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton.

The Gunners have recorded just one win in 11 games against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side but Wenger believes Arsenal have got nearer to their rivals than in recent years.

“I feel we have made up a lot of ground and we have a good opportunity to show that on Sunday,” he said at his pre-match media briefing on Friday.

“The game was targeted as being a decider for the championship [but] it certainly will not be. We still have to give absolutely everything and you never know, if we beat Man United, it would come back to six points.

“You never know. It is important for us to show some fighting spirit, some fighting attitude and some pride. There is more at stake on Sunday than just the mathematics.

“We will never give up as long as there is a mathematical chance because if that is [not] the case we have not the right to be at Arsenal Football Club.”

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28 Apr 2011