Why Wenger is not concerned with upcoming examinations

Theo Walcott

Daunting top of the table clash vs Liverpool, or a trip to Manchester United, does not perturb Arsenal's boss.

Arsenal are currently in one of the healthiest domestic situations as Arsene Wenger's side command the Premier League's summit, setting the pace after nine matches with a two point lead over chasing pack Liverpool and Chelsea.

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A precarious injury list will also be remedied over the coming weeks as Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be available for selection by the time the Gunners travel up the M1 to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, November 10.

The player Arsenal may most need immediately, however, Mathieu Flamini, will also be absent with no return date set.

Optimistic Wenger though believes that, despite the club's gauntlet run of fixtures, Arsenal need not panic despite a November list that includes hosting Liverpool, traveling to Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United, prior to a home tie against the division's surprise package of the year - Southampton.

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'As it stands at the moment, we have a very good away record,' said Wenger after his side's 2-0 triumph over Crystal Palace in South London, as quoted by Arsenal.com.

'We have drawn only once and won all our other away games and we have more points ahead of everyone else so that's not bad. That's the advantage, the disadvantage is that some teams have had heavier fixtures than we have had until now. That's what is facing us now.'

That tricky run begins with a League Cup clash against Chelsea with one advantage for Wenger being the luxury of taking on the Blues at home.

The disadvantage, however, is that a loss midweek could dull Arsenal's confidence, which has been a crucial factor in their free-flowing passing game. This, though, could be offset by that fixture list that has, thus far, been kind to the Gunners. Arsenal played on Saturday, while Chelsea featured on Sunday, leaving Wenger's team with an extra day's rest ahead of Tuesday's test.

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