Wenger challenges Gunners
Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to continue proving the critics wrong as they chase the title.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 02/01/08 9:12am
Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to continue proving the critics wrong as they chase Premier League title glory.
The Gunners were written off by many pundits following Thierry Henry's summer departure for Barcelona, but have lost just once all season and remain two points clear at the Premier League summit.
Wenger watched his side cruise to a 2-0 victory over West Ham, who shocked Manchester United on Saturday, thanks to early goals from Eduardo da Silva and Emmanuel Adebayor.
And the Frenchman knows his players have their fate in their own hands as they battle with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premier League crown.
He told Sky Sports: "We just want to keep going. We are in the position on 1st January where we want to be with one big advantage, we are relying on our own performances.
"I'm never surprised when my team is doing well. I was one of the few who believed at the start of the season we could do well.
"We want to keep going, it's a marathon, we want to be consistent. We are highly focused and that is a good ingredient because we know we have the quality."
Wenger saluted Croatia international Eduardo, who opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock when he chested Cesc Fabregas' cross down and volleyed home.
He added: "He is a natural finisher, he has shown that again today. Give him a chance in the box and he'll put it in the net.
"He is showing what we bought him for, he can deliver. That is a big satisfaction for us.
"We had Bendtner suspended and Van Persie injured. We have a player who has come in and with his first touch he has put the ball in the back of the net, it is fantastic."
The Arsenal boss admitted West Ham may have still been feeling the effects of their victory over the Red Devils.
He said: "It was quite comfortable in the end because we did the job early and controlled the game.
"In the first half West Ham created some dangerous situations but in the second half you could see they had given a lot against Manchester United.
"They defended very well, they were resilient and had an excellent spirit and never gave anything away."