Wenger delighted by Arsenal's new 'Invincibles'

10:15, November 10, 2009      

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WOLVERHAMPTON, England: Arsene Wenger is convinced his latest Arsenal team is as exciting as the Invincibles of six years ago who last won the Premier League title for the Londoners.

Arsenal swept aside Wolves 4-1 to move into second place ahead of Manchester United's visit to leaders Chelsea but Frenchman Wenger insists his side can maintain a genuine challenge throughout the season.

Despite being well below their best at Molineux on Saturday, Arsenal still managed to take their tally to 55 goals for the season so far, with an incredible average of three per match.

This stage last season Arsenal's challenge was effectively over having suffered five defeats in 14 matches. But an unbeaten run that has now stretched to 13 games, despite an extensive injury list, shows they are ready to repeat the challenge they laid down two years ago, before they were finally beaten to the title by United.

Wenger desperately wants to be a contender again and feels his side is on the verge of something special. It is a belief that is starting to infiltrate the dressingroom too.

"The desire to win the Premier League is there and we want to strengthen our belief. The most important thing is that we play for each other and our focus is on our performances," said Wenger.

"We also want to continue to develop our style of play. We did not have a chance to challenge last season. Two years ago we were very close and we would like to experience that again. But we want to keep out humility."

Wenger is refusing to discount Liverpool from the title race, despite the fact they have lost as many league games this season as the Gunners had at the same stage 12 months ago.

"We were out of contention very early last year because we lost so many games early and it was too much for us to make up, but I would not discount Liverpool," said Wenger.

"It is different this time because all the teams at the top have lost games already.

"So the difference is not that much to make up. It is just nice to be second in the table for a while. We are in a strong position, but we need to keep our belief and enjoy what we do. And a draw between Manchester United and Chelsea would be fantastic for us."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy feels his side can absorb the harsh lesson ahead of another hugely difficult game against Chelsea next weekend and knows his eventual destiny this season will not be decided by results against the top four sides.

"I thought we were excellent for 30 minutes. We had a real go and caused them some trouble. Then mistakes cost us and we were the architechts of our own dowwnfall," said McCarthy.

"But I am not going to have a go at them. Our season will not be decided by results against Arsenal. It is the teams at the other end of the table that we have to to better against - people like Hull and Portsmouth."

Source:China Daily/AFP

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