Arsene Wenger
Wenger believes Liverpool have an advantage in title race.Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool's lack of participation in any other competition gives them a telling advantage in the Premier League title race.

After a superb start to 2014 Brendan Rodgers' side have emerged as a major threat for the biggest prize in English football having caught up with the chasing pack of Manchester City, Chelsea and the Gunners.

A disappointing seventh placed finish last season ensured Liverpool have not had to juggle European commitments this season while their FA Cup elimination at the hands of Arsenal ensures a lighter schedule in the final third of the campaign compared to their rivals.

Echoing the sentiments of Jose Mourinho, Wenger admits Rodgers' side are well placed to challenge for the title.

"Liverpool is in the race and they have an advantage because it's the only competition they play," Wenger told a press conference.

"Overall, it will be very tight, I hope until the end because that means it will be close until the end and if you are consistent, you will have a good chance to win it."

The Arsenal boss also confirmed that Mesut Ozil will return to the squad after being left out for last Saturday's 4-1 win over Sunderland following his penalty miss against Bayern Munich three days earlier.

"Ozil had a difficult game because he missed that penalty, and it was on his mind. Sometimes when you're under this kind of pressure it's good to refresh," he added.

"My opportunity is just to put the best team out who can win the game, it's not about individuals, it's about the team.

Wenger will also have club captain Thomas Vermaelen back at his disposal and may have to utilise the Belgian at left back with both Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal doubts for Saturday's trip to Stoke City.

"If needed Thomas can play at left-back. It's not his preferred position. He's been out for a long time but I still have 48 hours to make that decision."