Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still win Premier League title

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 6:00am


Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal's Premier League title hopes are still alive after a recent revival, but says they have little margin for error.

The Gunners' campaign has been reignited by a run of four successive league wins and they travel to Southampton tonight hoping to break back into the top four.

They will head into the game three points behind their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who lie fourth, and backed by the momentum generated by Saturday's thrilling 7-3 victory over Newcastle United.

Wenger had refused to rule out his side's hopes of forcing their way back into the title race even when Arsenal's season was in danger of falling apart.

But a gap of 16 points still exists between Arsenal and leaders Manchester United, who have also played a game more.

"We come from far and we need to be consistent if we want to have the chance to come back," the Arsenal manager said.

"What is at stake is that we must show we are consistent from game to game."

Wenger admitted he was worried by his side's defensive display and said: "Yes, because we were three times in front [against Newcastle] and three times they came back."

And he insisted he will not underestimate a Southampton side who remain anchored in the bottom three.

"They are a team who have learned to play in the Premier League now," Wenger said.

Theo Walcott's hat-trick against Newcastle reinforced the view the England international is ready to make the switch from winger to central striker and he is expected to lead the line against his former club.

But the return of Olivier Giroud from injury has increased Wenger's forward options.

"[Giroud] came on [against Newcastle] and looked very sharp, dangerous on crosses and technically sound," the manager said.

"He had an impact when he came on."