Wenger: It's down to us to keep battling
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League title race is still wide open even though his side suffered another blow as they squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.
Wenger's side were ahead 3-1 five minutes before half-time at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, but just days after Liverpool came back in the dying minutes of injury time to rescue a point, Arsenal somehow managed to lose another lead.
Rafael van der Vaart scored a penalty to earn Tottenham a point, which left Arsenal six points behind leaders Manchester United with five games left to play. The draw also meant Arsenal dropped to third in the table following Chelsea's home win over Birmingham City.
However, Wenger maintained Arsenal still have a chance in the title race. "It is completely open. We have to get ready for our next game and fight, as we do," Wenger said. "This team has a remarkable attitude, they are remarkably consistent. It is open, it is down to us to keep battling.
"It was a difficult game, with an average performance we would have not have gone away with a point. We are on a 16-game run unbeaten, but recently we didn't get enough points with too many draws. That is what we want to turn by the end of the season.
"Even though we were 3-1 up the game was not won, but it is not all negative because, after what happened to us on Sunday, to recover and come back with such a spirit I believe shows this team has an outstanding mentality."
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, whose own aspirations of finishing in the UEFA Champions League places were slightly damaged by the draw, said the match was "a pleasure to watch". The coach also remains relaxed over whether Tottenham can still end the season in the top four, adding: "I don't know really, I don't really care either.
"If we make it, we make it and if we don't we will try again next year. We want to do it, we will give it everything we have got. But if we don't we'll come back next year."