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Wenger not given up hope for Arsenal's title challenge

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners have the character to force themselves back into the Premier League title race despite the crushing 3-0 home defeat by leaders Chelsea. The Frenchman declared: "I do not think it is over.

"We are fighters and we have to show that in the next game.

"The problem we have to face at the moment is people will not believe in us, so we have to make sure that lack of belief does not diminish our own belief.

"That is where we have to be mentally stronger than we were.

"Because until now, we had some credit which we earned at the start of the season from the specialists, then we lose a game, so now it will be harder."

Wenger added: "We are still in a very strong position.

"Chelsea can drop points, I am convinced of that."

Wenger rejected notions Arsenal's problems could be solved by heavy spending during the January transfer window.

"I would rather have all of our [injured] players back," said Wenger, also without Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner for another couple of weeks.

"I am not in a mood to say straight away after the game that I would buy players.

"We have to deal with and respond to that massive disappointment, and try to win our next game. It is as simple as that."

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