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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arsenal still in the title race?

Arsene Wenger remains convinced there will be more twists and turns in the Premier League title race and his Arsenal side remain right there in the mix.

The French manager saw his side bounce back at the weekend from a poor period that has seen them fall behind in the Premier League title race, lose the Carling Cup final and also go out of the FA Cup and Champions League.

A 3-1 win over Blackpool ended a run of three successive draws in the league and means it cut Manchester United's lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Arsenal still have a game in hand in their rivals and also have to face United at the Emirates before the end of the season, meaning the Gunners could close the gap to only one point if they win those games. If that happens expect the Premier League betting to be much tighter than it is now.

The North London side could also benefit from the fact they only have the Premier League to concentrate on, with United also still involved in the Champions League and FA Cup and those looking for the Premier League best odds should remember this.

Wenger described Arsenal's period of struggles as a "massive disappointment" but he has pledged his side will do whatever they can over the remaining games as they look to win the Premier League title.

"We have promised ourselves to give everything until the end of the season," he added.

"There are still seven games. It is a long time - there are many games."

Wenger was forced to field 41-year-old Jens Lehmann in goal at Blackpool due to an injury to Manuel Almunia. Many fans could be worried how a keeper who was retired only weeks ago will cope during a Premier League title battle.

The manager himself admits to be "not concerned" but he will definitely get some flak if Lehmann makes high-profile mistakes and costs Arsenal the title over the coming weeks.

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