With the Gunners sitting in seventh place, now only three points off the top four, they have managed to turn their season around so far after winning three Premier League matches on the trot. Last Saturday’s victory at third-place Chelsea has to be the season’s high point so far and if they continue their impressive form Wenger believes they will can make the elusive top four position.
If we are in a very strong position in December then we have a good chance,” he said. “By then, we will have played Man City away, Tottenham away, Chelsea away, Man United away and they all come to the Emirates after Christmas. For us to be in a strong position at that stage would be very important.
[On Arsenal’s ‘easier’ run to come in November] Football is not as rational and mathematical as that. I believe in the Premier League you get what you deserve from the quality of your performance. What is good for us is that we look to be becoming stronger from game to game. If we can maintain that desire to improve collectively then we have a chance to make results and to come back. That will be down to the quality of our attitude and the quality of our spirit.
Nobody is guaranteed to be in the top four after 10 games. Nobody has enough knowledge to completely say who will finish in the top four. If you look historically we are not too bad [at being] in there. Let’s just let everybody else talk and we will play. If we play better and better then we will have a chance.
Certainly Arsenal’s performances have improved, if they can stay relatively injury-free then that would be a massive help as that would develop consistency. The new players are integrating themselves nicely, and if the Gunners can get a decent result against Manchester City as well as finishing off some of the ‘lesser’ opponents such as your Norwich’s and West Brom’s then they will continue to climb the table. However they must get all three points against teams that are in the bottom half of the table which is how the Gunners suffered last season after dropping valuable points.