Wenger primed for key spell

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to impress as they face a four-game run which will have a major bearing on their Premier League title hopes.

A trip to Aston Villa is followed by meetings with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, with Wenger aware that the coming weeks will make or break his side's domestic campaign.

"I have never known a run of four league games as significant as these in all my time here," Wenger said."Never, not four on the trot.

"It is a real coincidence that we have games – one after the other – that are all decisive.

"If we win them all we are in a very strong position for sure, so let's start with the first one and ignore all the others for now.

"It is a great opportunity to send a message to the rest of the Premier League. We want to take it and I am very confident that we are in a good position. So let's go for it."

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