Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side are out of the Premier League title race, reports the club's official website.
Speaking after watching his side secure a 2-1 victory over Leicester City last night, the Gunners chief insisted that his side are only in the race for the top four.
Top four race
When asked whether Arsenal were still involved in the title race, Wenger told reporters:
"No, I consider us in the top-four race."
The Gunners, of course, were beaten at the hands of rivals Tottenham this past weekend, and despite beating Nigel Pearson's side on home soil last night, Wenger's side are as many as 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
However, last night's victory moved them into the Champions League places - one point above Manchester United, who play host to strugglers Burnley tonight.
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There's no doubt about it, despite being out of the race for the league title, the Gunners have quite the challenge on their hands as they go in search of claiming a place in Europe's elite competition for next season.
In fact, Wenger himself has insisted that there are a number of clubs battling it out for the top four places in England's elite division.
When asked how many clubs will be competing for Champions League places, the Gunners chief responded by saying: "Four, five or six. Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Southampton."
As it stands, just three points separate seventh placed Liverpool and Southampton, who sit in third spot.
Not good enough
There will be a number of Arsenal fans, however, who won't be entirely happy that their manager has ruled them out of the race for the Premier League title already.
With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Co. at the club's disposal, the club's faithful may well have been hoping for a better showing from their side this season.
In truth, defensive vulnerabilities have often let the side down, but the club will at least be hoping to secure a piece of silverware this term - and at the very least secure Champions League qualification once again.
Arsenal fans: Is this good enough? Should your club be competing for the Premier League title all season long? Have your say in the comments section below!