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Wenger tells Arsenal players momentum is with them to win Premier League

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London, Jan 6 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has declared war on Chelsea and Manchester United by telling his players that the momentum is with them at present to win the Premier League.

The Gunners will move to within one point of leaders Chelsea if they beat Bolton. And Wenger is convinced that his team have the advantage over their title rivals after completing a 10-point turnaround during the holiday period.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti recently claimed that Wenger was a good magician for predicting the Blues' Christmas collapse.

"One month ago we were a long way from the top teams, but now we have momentum on our side and the chance to keep that going. I said when we lost to Chelsea at the end of November that they would drop some points, but I never expected it to happen so quickly," The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying.

"One month has given us a good springboard to go even further. Why should we stop here when we have taken so many points from our opponents? We refused to give up. The mental strength and solidarity of my players has been tested and they have come through it.

"Now I know that within our team we have a great hunger for success. We are a team that has grown up together and now we want to win things together. What was most important was how we responded to the opportunity to come back when the other teams dropped points," he said.

"We have put ourselves in a better mathematical situation and we must keep up that momentum by being consistent. We are on a good run and we want to test the resistance of the other teams. We have a good opportunity to get close to Chelsea and we want to take it," Wenger added.

Wenger is aware his young team have little experience of going the distance. But he is adamant his youngsters are better equipped this time.

"I believe we can cope with all the demands, especially with Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Nicklas Bendtner soon coming back from injuries. The title race will be different because there are six or seven teams challenging for the top four," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 15:30 [IST]
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