Wenger: Arsenal can still win title
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are still in the hunt for the Premier League title despite throwing away more precious points in their pursuit of Manchester United in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Arsenal's failure to defeat relegation-threatened Albion leaves them with a five-point gap to make up on United and although they have a game in hand, that is against their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who would love nothing better than to dent the Gunners' bid to end their six-year wait for a trophy.
Questions over the mental strength of Wenger's side have been raised over the last two weeks as a possible quadruple has crumbled to leave Arsenal fighting on just one front.
But, after fighting back from 2-0 down with 20 minutes remaining yesterday, Wenger believes his side remain as resilient and determined as ever to hunt down United and win their first league title since 2004.
"I felt no matter what the result was in this game it would not be over for our team. It was important not to lose," Wenger said. "I did wonder how we would recover if we had lost the game, but we managed to make sure that we did not do that.
"It will be interesting until the end. We are ready to focus on the rest of the games and we are ready for a fight. It was down to character and resilience from the players. We have shown plenty of that at the end of the game.
"Mathematically we have lost two points, but psychologically we have won a point and you cannot be too unhappy to win a point when you are 2-0 down with 70 minutes played."
Wenger has every right to be disappointed with the latest high profile error of goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who raced from his area and became entangled with Sebastien Squillaci, which gifted Albion their second goal.
But, despite the signing of 41-year-old Jens Lehmann on a short-term contract until the end of the season, he may keep faith with Almunia. "I don't want to give personal criticism to anyone," he said. "There were a number of people involved in the second goal and they know what it is all about."