Football: Wenger backs Arsenal to shine during tough spell

Football: Wenger backs Arsenal to shine during tough spell

LONDON - Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will prove their title credentials by turning on the style during a daunting spell for the Premier League leaders.

Wenger's team have been in superb form in the league, winning seven and drawing one of their last eight games to establish a two-point lead over Chelsea at the summit.

However, after losing at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and then falling to Chelsea in the League Cup, questions are being asked about their capacity to go the distance.

The criticism will grow more vociferous if Arsenal stumble against third-placed Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, especially with a crucial Champions League clash in Dortmund looming in midweek followed by a trip to Manchester United.

"It is an important period of course, but I am quite confident and am quite relaxed because I have the complete confidence that we will deal well with it," Wenger 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.

"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. We want to be and I think we are title contenders."

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