Gunners mananger speaks out in aftermath of Liverpool loss in a Premier League title-race closely contested between themselves, Chelsea & Manchester City.
Liverpool depleted any confidence some of the media and fans may have had in Arsenal sustaining their title challenge until the season's end because of the 5-1 shellacking inflicted on to Arsene Wenger's side last Saturday, but the Frenchman refuses to consider it as anything more than a freak occurrence, rather than the beginning of a buckling during what is, on-paper, a gauntlet run of fixtures throughout February and March.
Instead of allowing the heavy defeat at Anfield sap their self-belief, Wenger points to previous results attained this season as proof his senior selection can raise their game during big matches and that, because of the work put in on the training ground as well as the football they have played this season, his players 'deserve success'.
He is quoted by Sky Sports to have said: 'We played some convincing games against Liverpool, Tottenham [Hotspur], Napoli and [Borussia] Dortmund. Winning the Premier League will be a big achievement when we do it, but we have a long way to go.'
Wenger continued: 'We've been very stable until now defensively. We have to consider how well we have done until now. We tend to forget how good we are when you are not successful. We have worked very hard until now. These players deserve success.
'I think the Liverpool game was an accident and we want to treat it like that. We will respond [against Manchester United] in a very positive way, I'm convinced of that.
'We know our form at the Emirates will be decisive.'
Because Chelsea failed to defeat West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening, Arsenal have the chance to return to the Premier League's summit should they exact revenge on their 1-0 loss to United at Old Trafford earlier this season by defeating David Moyes' men on their own patch, at the Emirates Stadium, this evening, Wednesday.
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