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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Dear Arsenal supporter,

If I'd said after the Aston Villa defeat that we would be five points clear at the start of November, not many people would have believed me.

It shows that things can change quickly in football and that means we must be alert because momentum can be lost suddenly. But if we continue to play like we did against Liverpool on Saturday then we can sustain our challenge.

We needed to respond after losing to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup. We had to show people that we can win these big games and to beat Liverpool in a convincing way was very satisfying.

It was an important win for the team, for the Club, and nobody would dispute that we deserved to win. We had a good solidarity, a good focus, and I believe the confidence Saturday's win will give us can help us with the big challenges ahead.

Aaron Ramsey's goal was the stand-out moment from the match and he is playing well, but you cannot single anybody out because the whole team played well.

Our defensive performance was outstanding - we kept Sturridge, Suarez, Gerrard, Coutinho and Moses quiet. Why have we improved at the back? First of all players know each other better, they have improved individually and collectively, and tactically we are stronger.

The big surprise on Saturday was Chelsea losing at Newcastle and it shows how unpredictable the Premier League can be. Success is down to consistency and, like I have said many times, we have been consistent since the start of the year.

This season we have 25 points from 10 games and that's very respectable. At the moment, with 10 games played, you can say 25 per cent of the season has gone. You see the first tendencies and trends but it's still not settled. By the end of November you will have a clearer idea of the title picture.

We now head to Germany for a massive game in the Champions League. It's very, very important now to continue our run and respond well to losing against Dortmund last month. Everybody will look at that game and it's a vital one for our hopes in the competition.

Thanks for your support.

Arsène Wenger.

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