Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal need to win games like Saturday’s against Everton to be taken seriously as Premier League title challengers.
Arsenal will go top of the table if they beat Everton at Emirates Stadium, for 24 hours at least, having won five out of their last six games.
A 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in midweek also kept alive the Gunners’ hopes of once again progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League, but Wenger acknowledges the game against Everton is exactly the sort the club’s critics will be expecting his side to slip up in.
“We always have a feel-good factor in our club unless the results are not there,” Wenger said. “We have always a togetherness but not always the results that we want.
“Overall we are in a good run and that can help the level of confidence and belief going into the next game.
“We have a big game in front of us against Everton and we can extend our run. Our focus is on our next game.
“You know that if you want to play at the top of the Premier League you want to do well in the big games at home,” Wenger said.
“Everton is another big game so the target is for us to take advantage of that. We play in front of everybody so let’s take advantage of it.
“You gain credibility through consistency and when people think this could be a game where we people think we could slip a bit and you respond in a positive way.
“I believe that [at the] top level, you come out of a big game and show you can focus again and produce the same performance again.”
One player that Wenger is particularly wary of causing Arsenal a threat is Ross Barkley, who has scored four goals for club and country so far this season.
“He has massive potential because he has a good combination of technical qualities and physical qualities,” Wenger said.
“He has the absolute power of the modern player and he’s certainly one of the most promising.
“He’s 21 years old and is a regular player in the national team. Such an early run is always a special talent.”
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