Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confidence in his side to overcome Manchester City and claim the Premier League title this season, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
The Gunners returned to the top of the table on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, establishing a two-point advantage over City, who play Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.
Wenger rejected the suggestion that Arsenal, without a trophy since 2005 and without a league title since 2003-04, have forgotten how to win silverware.
“In the last seven years you have engraved that in your brain,” Wenger said. “It’s hard to get out now. We haven’t done it for a while.
“I must say we face quality competitors. We do not play against average teams. City have scored over 100 goals, so everyone thinks ‘can you beat this team?’ I say yes. It’s now how we finish the season.”
Wenger pointed to Arsenal’s strength in defence as a primary reason why he believes the title is within his team’s reach.
“Our defensive stability doesn’t create unrest in the team and allows us to continue the way we want to play, even if we don’t score early goals,” Wenger added.
“We are today where we are. That cannot be a coincidence. You cannot be lucky over 24 games.”
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