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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 January 2006, 07:51 GMT
Wenger and Ferguson concede title
Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have admitted they cannot match Chelsea's standard this season.

The rivals saw their sides draw 0-0 at Highbury on Tuesday, leaving leaders Chelsea 13 points clear of United.

After an unusually open game, Wenger said: "The players were less nervous because we are not going for the title - we cannot compete with Chelsea.

His counterpart Ferguson agreed: "Chelsea's consistency is beyond us."

It is remarkable that the men in charge of the two sides, which have dominated the Premiership since its conception, should make such candid admissions at this stage of the season.

Eventually we hope to reach Chelsea's level - we have a young team who will get better
Sir Alex Ferguson

And it shows just how far Chelsea have come - and how far behind them are the rest of the country - since the arrival of first Roman Abramovich and then Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's lead over United is substantial but their advantage over Arsenal stands at a massive 24 points - and Wenger admits that is too much to make up.

Instead, he seemed reasonably satisfied to have avoided defeat against United.

"I am not speaking about the title but I feel this result was a positive one for us," he said.

"If you look at Chelsea, they have a mature team. All their players are between 25 and 30. They have power and a lot of self-belief.

"We have a young team and it is important for us not to lose big games."

And Ferguson, too, has adjusted his goal for the season - also claiming youth has harmed their title chances this term.

He said: "Eventually we hope to reach Chelsea's level. We have a young team who will get better.

"You can see what is going to happen to us over the next two or three years and in the meantime we just keep going.

"We want to be the nearest team to Chelsea, just in case they collapse. You never know what might happen."

Interview: Former Arsenal player Lee Dixon

Interview: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15


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