Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are Premier League title contenders following their 3-0 win over West Ham at the weekend.
Mourinho had said in the build-up to Sunday’s game against Southampton that Chelsea ‘will go on to win the league’ this season, but the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by the Saints to move six rather than eight points clear of Manchester City at the summit.
Arsenal are a point further back after a fifth straight league win, and Mourinho accepts Arsene Wenger’s side must be considered title challengers.
“Of course, Arsenal are in contention,” he said. “Seven points behind Chelsea and one less match to play than Chelsea.
“I keep thinking whether our opposition is better than them over the run-in. I think so. Both teams are in the race.”
Chelsea exited the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and have now dropped points in successive Premier League home games having drawn with Burnley last month.