Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere celebrates his goal for Arsenal with Serge Gnabry.REUTERS

Jack Wilshere believes that Arsenal can get back in the title race in spite of their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday.

The midfielder had a poor game as he consistently misplaced passes in the middle of the pitch and was second best in 50-50 challenges.

The whole team failed to live up to expectations, leaving the Gunners with a mountain to climb, if they have to keep themselves in the race for the title. The loss has taken them four points adrift of Chelsea and level on points with Liverpool, who have a superior goal difference.

Manchester City, who are fourth, have a two game advantage over the Gunners and can leapfrog them when they play their games in hand to enter the battle at the top.

The Gunners have a tough set of fixtures to come in March when they play Everton in the FA Cup, Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of the round of 16 tie of the Champions League, followed by Premier League ties against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Wilshere believes that it is an advantage that they play all teams at the top, which will give them an opportunity to close the gap on them, failure to do which will be a final nail in the coffin for the north London club.

"The good thing is that this month we play all the teams at the top If we win those games, we can be up there. We've got to keep going to the end. Anything can happen in this league as you've seen this weekend and in previous weeks," Wilshere said.

The midfielder added that he was not entirely sure about the decision made by the referee to award them a penalty and insisted that Arsenal did enough to win the game.

"I think it's a difficult decision and a tough call for the ref. From my perspective, when you jump towards the ball, your hands go up naturally. But the ref gave it and we have to deal with that. We still had a chance at the end to make it 1-1, but we didn't take it. We weren't at our best, but I think we did enough to win the game," he concluded.