Wenger unfazed about Arsenal's gauntlet run: We'll show our strength!

Gunners have a tricky fixture period coming up but Wenger remains undaunted about Liverpool, Manchester United and Champions League ties.

Arsenal have already experienced defeat against Chelsea, in the League Cup on Tuesday evening, but the Gunners will have no respite from quality opposition as, on Saturday evening, Arsene Wenger is tasked with dismantling a destructive Liverpool ahead of a tough examination at Manchester United a week on Sunday.

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'I'm quite relaxed because I have the complete confidence that we will deal well with it,' Wenger nonchalantly dismissed the elite fixture list that lies ahead of Arsenal when speaking with the club's official website today, Friday.

The North Londoners have won positive press since their opening day loss to Aston Villa as football writers marvel at the return of Wengerball, an exquisite display of one-touch football that could be characterised no better than the team goal finished off by Jack Wilshere against Norwich City on October 19.

Arsenal, though, have participated in three matches since the thrilling Norwich victory, but have lost twice, to Borussia Dortmund in Europe and Chelsea this week. In the Premier League, though, they remain strong, handing Crystal Palace another domestic defeat when the two London clubs clashed last weekend.

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Wenger sees the hosting of Liverpool tomorrow and the trip to Old Trafford next week as the opportune moment to demonstrate to the club's lingering critics who doubt Arsenal's ability to put a fellow elite team to the sword. He said: 'I take it as an opportunity to show our strengths and I am completely sure that the players will be up for it and take this opportunity.

'In the kind of games that we play [against Liverpool], you always find out a lot about your squad. I don't need to find out too much because we are a very stable team who, since January 1, has taken more points than anybody else.

'I learnt a lot about my team through the spring period when we had our backs to the wall and had to win every single game. I know how strong these guys are and how much they want it.'

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