Wenger: We didn't win for 8 years as we weren't good enough - but now?

Arsenal boss believes something may have changed within his team. They are not ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United because of luck…

'When I arrived here people explained I couldn't win the title as I am foreign,' said Arsene Wenger, a three-time Premier League winner, as quoted by the club's official website. 'Everybody has their own logic. I just think you win the title through your quality.'

When Wenger began his tenure at the club, all the way through to the Invincible era where he navigated his unbeatable team through a season of a majority of wins, some draws and no losses, his Arsenal teams had always been strong enough to claim silverware.

However, between 2005 onwards, the Frenchman has conceded that their standards fell: 'If we didn't win for eight years it is because we weren't good enough in the important moments of the season.'

With the exceptional rise in talent of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, the flourishing defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, the burgeoning shot-stopping of Wojtech Szczesny and the all-round skills of spearheading striker Olivier Giroud, Arsenal find themselves top of the Premier League table, a position no doubt buoyed by the acquisition of Mesut Ozil, too.

'We have a good opportunity to show we are good enough, so let's take it.'

Arsenal are currently four points ahead of second place Chelsea and have the opportunity to maintain that cushion this evening, Wednesday, when they host Hull City. The Blues, meanwhile, travel to Sunderland.

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