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Wenger fancies finishing ahead of Man City

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger has City boss Pellegrini in his sights
Wenger has City boss Pellegrini in his sights

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is eyeing up a push for a top two finish in the Premier League, after his Gunners moved to within four points of faltering champions Manchester City on Sunday.

City's defeat at Liverpool and Arsenal's 2-0 win over Everton closed the gap between second and third in the Premier League and Wenger accepts his side are now in a position to push for second spot, although he accepts a challenge to Chelsea at the top of the table is unrealistic.

"At the moment we are nowhere near to winning the Premier League, and nowhere near close to being in the race," he said ahead of his side's trip to QPR tomorrow night.

"What we want is to do as well as we can without speculating on the weakness of any team. The only thing you can say is that it's very tight.

"You look in front of you, Manchester City are four points ahead of us, and you look behind you, there's plenty of people chasing us.

"That will be very, very tight and it will be down to consistency in our results and mental strength. That will certainly be needed again on Wednesday night.

"At the moment we are too far from Chelsea to say we are in the title race, but you never know what can happen.

"I speak as well about Man City, why should they give up for the title? They have done it three years ago by being eight points behind.

"If you ask a team who is four points behind us, they will say it's realistic to try and catch us. Manchester City are four points in front of us so mathematically of course that is possible.