Silvestre: Gunners still in title race

Silvestre: Gunners still in title race

Published Feb. 25, 2010 2:47 p.m. ET

Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre insists the Gunners will fight until the end to finish the season as Premier League champions.

The Gunners have forced their way back into the title race again to sit six points behind Chelsea, despite recent defeats by the leaders and Manchester United.

It is six years since Arsene Wenger's side were last crowned champions and Silvestre believes Arsenal are still in the hunt this season.

The experienced Frenchman, who was part of several title-winning squads at United, is optimistic the Gunners can overhaul both his former club and Chelsea.

"I think we're still in the race and that's important," Silvestre, who has made just five Premier League appearances this season, told Sky Sports News.

"We are nearly in March and that's when things are going to be decided. As long as we are in it, we will fight until the end."

Arsenal face Stoke City away from home at the weekend, with the club having lost on five of their last seven trips to the Potteries.

Silvestre added: "We're going to be ready to face Stoke and get the three points."

Full-back Bacary Sagna also believes that Arsenal can finish top of the pile after reducing the gap at the summit in recent weeks.

Sagna said: "We were 10 points behind at one moment, but we are not far behind now with 10, 12 games to go.

"We want to win every game, we want to win something this season and it's still open."