Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal side reel off nine wins in their last eleven competitive matches, including four straight victories in the Barclays Premier League after yesterday's 3-0 demolition of West Brom, to take them up to seventh in the table.
Now just three points off the UEFA Champions League places, it would be fair to say that the Gunners are well on their way to getting their season back on track after an abysmal start, but the French tactician has played down talks the club are back in the title race.
"It is too early to say that," said Wenger. "If we win a few more games, why not? At the moment I do not think we are far enough to say that.
"We are only three points behind Chelsea but we need a strong period and Manchester City need a weaker period which they are not having at the moment."
Roberto Mancini's pacesetters currently sit 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, and have a five-point cushion over second placed Manchester United, and Wenger feels the gap must be closed further before the north Londoners can be considered contenders.
"At the moment, we are not near enough to say we are playing for the championship but we want to come back," he continued. "We are back already in a position where we can aspire to be in the top four. We were not three weeks ago.
"Mathematically we are not out of it but you have to be closer to speak about it. We are 12 points behind Man City and that is too much. So for us, let's be humble and progressive."
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