Friday, February 22, 2008


Arsene Wenger knows his Arsenal side are now entering a "decisive" stage of their Barclays Premier League title challenge - but warned the race "is far from won".

The Gunners, who drew 0-0 with Champions League holders AC Milan in midweek, could move eight points clear at the top of the table with victory at relegation battlers Birmingham tomorrow lunchtime, as Manchester United are not in action until the early evening kick-off when they travel to Newcastle.

There are 12 games - seven away from home - between Wenger's young side and a first championship since the Invincibles of 2003/2004.

However, with showdowns at Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and the visit of both top-four challengers Liverpool and Everton to come, the Arsenal manager knows there is still plenty of football left before the champagne can be put on ice.

"From 12 to six games, it is a decisive period, where most of the teams still go for something," declared Wenger.

"I still feel in the last six games, some teams have less to go for, and sometimes the points are easier to take.

"Now you play a team that doesn't want to go down or you play a team that still aims for Europe, after, in April, it eases off a bit."

Wenger maintained: "It is our title to win. Why should we think it is our title to lose?

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