Wenger refuses to allow his Gunners to rest on their laurels following Reds scalp.
Arsenal cannot rest on their laurels following a convincing 2-0 winning display against Liverpool on Saturday, November 2 as that represented just one obstacle in their gauntlet run throughout November, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who believes the title picture will only become clearer once the December fixtures are upon us.
The Premier League table can change unrecognisably so after just a few games and Wenger highlights the turnaround in North London fortunes from their opening day 3-1 humiliation, suffered against Aston Villa, to where they are now, eight victories, one draw and no losses later, as testament to the unpredictability of the division.
'After the Aston Villa game, if I had told you that [this would happen] I would have to run away because you would have killed me,' Wenger jested. 'It shows you that things can change quickly but that should as well alert us that it can go the other way. We must keep good focus, continue to develop our team as there’s room for improvement.'
Arsenal, though, are beginning to separate themselves from the chasing pack. While Wenger's men collected another three points, those around them - Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - dropped them.
'At the moment, with 10 games played, you can say 25 per cent of the season [has gone]. You see the first tendencies and trends but it’s still not settled. By the end of November you will have a clearer idea,' he said.
When the fixture list from all competitions was realised, not many looked at Arsenal as potential league leaders early on in the season, however, now that they are in that position, critics pointed to their apparently easier run of games and claimed their mettle would only be tested in November.
In Liverpool, they were up against a soldier armed with two devastating weapons… dubbed SAS… but Arsenal quietened Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, kept their sheet clean and trumped the visitors by a 2-0 scoreline.
The gauntlet is not over. On Wednesday, November 6, the Gunners travel to Germany to take on an empassioned Borussia Dortmund team prior to a Sunday clash with the old masters of English football, Manchester United.
The key to the upcoming matches, Wenger believes, is maintaining the momentum of the Liverpool win all the way through to the weekend. He concluded: 'It's very, very important now to continue our run and respond well against Dortmund because everybody will look at that game. It’s a big game… I’m sure the team will go there with a great desire.'
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