Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are back in the chase for the Premier League title.
The Arsenal manager watched his side beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates to close to two points behind second-placed Manchester United and remain six behind leaders Chelsea. Nicklas Bendtner scored the opener at the Emirates Stadium with a first-half tap-in from two yards and Cesc Fabregas finished off Sunderland in injury-time, sidefooting home from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Fraizer Campbell.
Asked whether they were back in the title mix, Wenger replied: "We are. But the only thing we can do is win our games and hope the others drop points."
He continued: "The top two will drop points because they play against each other. Everton have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United and there are plenty of teams where you can drop points.
"We have two fights, one is to get away as far as possible from the teams in fourth, fifth and sixth and the other is to get as close as possible to the top."
Wenger revealed United's defeat at Goodison in the early kick-off was not mentioned by his Arsenal players, who erased the disappointment of their midweek Champions League first leg defeat against Porto in midweek with a vibrant performance, especially in the first half.
He said: "We had good pace in the first half. We gave a lot physically on Wednesday night and you could see that.
"But the team is focused and responded well to the disappointment of Wednesday night and that's all you can ask."