Football: Arsenal's title hopes will depend much on Chelsea's slip-ups, says Wenger

NEWCASTLE (AFP) - Arsene Wenger admits it will take a major slip from Chelsea to allow Arsenal back into the Premier League title race.

His side will attempt to put their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco behind them when they travel to face Newcastle on Saturday.

Victory will extend their run of five successive league wins, a sequence that has taken them to within one point of second-placed Manchester City and seven behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Wenger believes his side are gathering momentum at an important time of the domestic campaign, although he accepts the disappointment of going out of Europe has dented morale.

"At the moment, we are too far away from Chelsea but we have an opportunity every week to get closer and, for that, we need positive results from us, and negative results from Chelsea," he said.

"I do not count on the weaknesses of any of our opponents. We just have to focus on our strengths."

A more immediate target is to overhaul City in second spot although Wenger believes the battle for a top-four place is too close to call.

"It is very tight, we are on the neck of Manchester City but, straight behind us, we have Manchester United, Liverpool and it is a very tight race," he said.

"Even Tottenham are not completely out of it and Southampton are not completely out of it."