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Monday 20 November 2017

Wenger's focus on top four bid

Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal players to show they have what it takes to break back into the top four of the Premier League by beating Manchester United tomorrow.

The Gunners have slumped to successive defeats at Fulham and Swansea to derail their drive up the table, with the gap to Chelsea at four points ahead of this weekend.

Wenger feels a confident display against United, who thrashed them 8-2 at Old Trafford earlier this season, would be the perfect response.

"You want to play big games, and this is a big game that comes at a moment when we want to convince people that we are capable of coming back into the top four," the Arsenal boss said.

"There is no better opportunity than Man Utd to show that.

"We are really frustrated because we made the minimum of our last two games, we were twice leading and in the end we lost them both.

"We play a big game, yes, but another thing that is important is to come back to winning habits.

"We were on a very strong run before that, and we lost that run in a way that is difficult to accept."

Wenger insists he never reads anything into big scores, with a depleted Arsenal side swept aside at the end of August just four days after an energy-sapping Champions League qualifier second leg in Udinese.

He said: "Every game is a new life, you can do well or you can do badly. We just want to take this opportunity to do well.

"The result in August has nothing to do with that, we cannot wipe it out. That will not be an excuse not to beat them. It is over."

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