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Sunday 17 December 2017

Wenger says Gunners are still in with a big shout

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes his side have the stomach to take the battle for the Premier League crown right to the wire.

Saturday's 2-0 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium maintained the pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea at the summit.

Brazilian midfielder Denilson fired the Gunners in front after only five minutes and Cesc Fabregas wrapped up the win late on to leave Wenger's youngsters very much in the hunt for a first title since the Invincibles' campaign of 2003/2004.

Wenger said: "We are not under any special pressure because we are beyond expectation. We want to win the trophy because we are all conscious we have won nothing yet -- the hunger is there, the talent is there and I think the nerves are there.



Chance

"We have a good chance to do it this year."

Goalscorer Fabregas, meanwhile, maintains the Gunners are not bothered by being drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Arsenal captain says the club would have had to face Barcelona sooner or later if they are to fulfil their dream of becoming the best in Europe this season.

"If you want to win this competition, you have to beat everyone who is coming," said Fabregas.

"If we had been drawn against Bordeaux or Lyon we would have taken it the same way.

"Barcelona is a great team, but we always go with the same mentality and that is to win."

Fabregas continued: "We are going to play against the best team in Europe, probably in the world.

"The boys are really looking forward to it as it is another opportunity to play against a great team in a great stadium. It will be very exciting."

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