posted at 19:50
Author Name: Steven Griffiths
Arsenal face fight to catch Premier League leaders, says Wenger
Arsenal have won only three of their nine league games so far and, with Chelsea unlikely to slip up against lowly QPR, they must improve that disappointing total at home to bottom of the table Burnley on Saturday. "I don't write us off, let other people do that, but Chelsea are in a strong position at the moment," Wenger said. "I'm more focused on the quality of our games and on the consistency of our results before we think about coming back on Chelsea." Having blown a two-goal lead to draw at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, City fell six points behind league leaders Chelsea after losing at West Ham United and were then knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United. A 94th-minute equaliser by Robin van Persie earned Louis van Gaal's United a morale-boosting 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea last weekend. After edging fourth-tier Shrewsbury Town 2-1 in the League Cup in mid-week, Chelsea host west London rivals QPR on Saturday. Chelsea have taken 23 points from a possible 27 to date this season, but with QPR having recorded a timely 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa on Monday, centre-back Gary Cahill says his side cannot afford to be complacent. Second-place Southampton, four points below Chelsea, visit Hull City on Saturday, having won 3-2 at Stoke City in the League Cup on Wednesday.

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