Wenger surprised by Arsenalís stunning run of form
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is surprised by his side’s impressive run in the Premier League since conceding an opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. Despite being on top of the table with a five-point lead over second-placed Chelsea, Wenger played down expectations of Arsenal winning the Premier League title.
Wenger admits his side might be title challengers, but the Frenchman remains convinced it is going to be very difficult to win the league title because of the sheer number of teams gunning for the title.
After an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday, Wenger refused to accept that Arsenal’s stunning run in the early stages of the Premier League was because of an easy schedule and games against mediocre opposition.
“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 told reporters. “It shows you that things can change quickly.
“Still, 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.
“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.”
After picking up the pieces from a defeat on the first day of the season, Wenger admits the future looks brighter. With the Dortmund trip coming up Wenger insists it will be a “huge” battle with the German opposition. The Frenchman also admits that the upcoming run of games will test Arsenal’s mettle for their ability to cope under pressure and pick up silverware.
“It’s very, very important now to continue our run and respond well against Dortmund because everybody will look at that game,” added Wenger. “Dortmund is going to be a very different game to Liverpool, as they play a very different game. We have more belief and are starting to create a bit of fear in the opposition, and that gives us a better chance. When you are on a good run and the confidence level is high, it makes everything much easier.
“I didn’t think Dortmund were the better team when they won at the Emirates last time round. We conceded a goal when we were on top of the game and looking more likely to score a second to kill off the match.
“In Champions League games between the best teams, the number of even small chances are limited. It was our fault that we lost, but I think we showed we are the same level as Dortmund. We do not want to have to go to Napoli in the next game needing to win, but when we looked at the fixtures, when the draw was made, we knew it would be strange to be qualified by the last game because of the quality of teams in the group.”