Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ruled his side out of the Premier League title race, saying Chelsea have “too much security” to not win the title.
The Gunners beat Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday to move within four points of the leaders, who play one of their two games in hand on Sunday afternoon when they face Hull.
Six wins in succession have seen Arsenal put themselves in a prime position to secure Champions League football for another season, but Wenger doesn’t see their current campaign going any further than that.
"Chelsea have a good security and at the moment I feel they have enough cushion to be quite serene,” he told reporters in his post-match press conference
"We have Manchester City in front of us, and behind us it is tight as well - the only thing we can do is to win our games.”
The sides at the top of the table have all dropped points in recent weeks as the race for the title and top four continues to heat up.
The Gunners were pushed hard by Newcastle but managed to hold on for the victory – something Wenger believes all the sides will face in their run-in, which means Jose Mourinho’s side should be able to win the title.
"I think Chelsea have too much security,” he added. “I just think at the moment we are not concluding, we are in a fight.
“You have seen the game today - in every game, we need to turn up and fight until the last minute to get the points.
"That's what we have to do, just go for the next game and win it. The players want to do as well as they can. We know we have a fight first to be in the top four. We will go step by step, game by game."