Wenger won’t give up on title

The Gunners trail Manchester United by six points after Wednesday

night’s game at White Hart Lane, which Arsenal led 3-1 after 40

minutes thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin

van Persie. A strike from Tom Huddlestone and a Rafael van der

Vaart double ensured that Spurs picked up a point to deny their

bitter rivals, and put further pressure on Wenger, who now looks

set to finish a sixth straight season without a trophy. 10 points

from their remaining five games would win the title for United

while Chelsea will be confident of holding on to second after their

3-1 defeat of Birmingham. But Wenger is upbeat about his side’s

chances of being crowned champions, despite their latest setback.

“The title race is completely open,” he said. “This team has a

remarkable attitude and even if at the moment we do not have the

number of points, we are remarkably consistent and it was a

difficult game tonight. “Chelsea are now back in the race. Chelsea

play Man United and Tottenham but it’s down to us. “We have to keep

our faith and keep battling.” Wenger rued what he believed was an

incorrect call to rule out Robin van Persie’s disallowed

second-half strike, and his side’s lack of fitness. He also

admitted to be frustrated at his team’s inability to hold on to a

lead – a problem which has troubled the Londoners throughout this

campaign. “It is disappointing because we had the lead and we were

3-1 up and I feel as well that we scored a goal that was not

offside,” Wenger said. “But with an average performance we wouldn’t

have come away with a point. “We played the game how we wanted to

play but we dropped physically in the second half and you could see

that the Liverpool game had a baring on tonight’s game.” Wenger

also apportioned some of the blame on young goalkeeper Wojciech

Szczesny, who came off his line to clatter into Aaron Lennon and

concede the 70th minute penalty which Van der Vaart drilled home to

seal the draw. “He was a bit late,” the Frenchman admitted. Harry

Redknapp’s team now trail Manchester City by two points with five

matches remaining as they chase Champions League qualification. The

Tottenham boss was philosophical about losing ground to their

rivals and instead chose to savour the enthralling game that was

played amid a white-hot atmosphere. “It was a great game played

between two good teams,” he said. “I felt we were excellent in the

second half and we had the best chances to win it in the end. “We

have come back from losing positions quite a bit and turned the

game around. “The spirit we have here comes from having a happy

camp, you create that spirit at the club. “William Gallas was

struggling at the end and I was going to sub him, but he wanted to

play on and you need people like that who never give up.” Redknapp

allayed fears that Gareth Bale could be set for another period on

the sidelines after being flattened twice by Szczesny before being

replaced at half-time. “He shouldn’t be too bad. He got a knock but

he’ll get plenty of them over the next few years. I think it was

his knee,” Redknapp added. Wenger, meanwhile, hit out at Don Balon

magazine for their interview with Cesc Fabregas in which the

Gunners captain appeared to question his manager’s policy of having

faith in his youngsters rather than buying proven imports. “The

article bothers me,” Wenger said. “This was an article organised by

the club with a check viewing of the article. Not only did the

author not respect the agreement, but also he did twist completely

the article and we are really upset about it. “It was not an attack

on my philosophy. “That is not what he said. He said completely the

opposite.”