We've won nothing yet - Wenger

BY foxsports • January 20, 2010

The Gunners - who were 11 points adrift of Chelsea after being thumped 3-0 at home by the Blues at the end of November - have hauled themselves back into the title race with a run of six wins in eight, while their rivals struggled for consistency. Although beating Bolton for the second time in four days could send his men above Chelsea on goal difference, having then played the same amount of games, Wenger is not about to put the champagne on ice just yet. "It has a psychological meaning, that we are there and to fight at the top of the table, but mathematically it has not too much significance because it is a long way to go," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "I am not stupid. We have won nothing yet. "Yes, we have won some credibility. However, that is not enough. "We want more. At least we are in a position to fight for it and have a go. "That is what we want to do, but we know as well that there is a long way to go. "I have the confidence that my team will give absolutely everything. "I trust their hunger, I trust their appetite and I trust their spirit. Wenger added: "It gives a lot of credit to the players that despite all which has happened, we are still there. "That is the only step we have definitely made - everybody wrote us off and we are back in it." Captain Cesc Fabregas marked his return from a three-week spell out with the opening goal at the Reebok Stadium, while match-fit England forward Theo Walcott and Denilson are set to feature again on Wednesday night. However, both Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri are expected to be out for the best part of a month after picking up injuries in training last week, while Fran Merida suffered an ankle problem just before he scored Arsenal's late second goal at Bolton. Wenger admits it is strange, by a quirk of the fixture schedule, to play the same opponents again so quickly. "To surprise them is difficult because everybody knows you cannot change too much the way we play football from one day to the next, so they know," he said. "We will certainly play with a higher collective pace, at a higher team tempo than we did on Sunday, because we will be at home. "Our fans will be certainly behind us and that makes us at home in an even stronger position, because our fans can help us win matches." Wenger added: "We have a little psychological advantage in it from the first game so let's take advantage. You will only take advantage if you prepare 100%." Sol Campbell's return to first-team action, after signing until the end of the season, could come in the weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Stoke as the veteran defender continues to build up his match sharpness. Wenger said: "Sol is still a bit short. "I want him to have another good week of training. Maybe he will be involved in the end of the week." The arrival of Campbell, who had been training at Arsenal since leaving Notts County, means Swiss defender Philippe Senderos seems set to leave Arsenal, with Celtic the likely destination. Wenger hopes to have Nicklas Bendtner back in contention for the trip to Aston Villa on January 27 as he recovers from groin surgery. The Arsenal manager feels the return of the Denmark forward could feel like a fresh signing as they gear up for a run of fixtures which could well make or break their campaign. Wenger said: "We are not close to signing anybody at the moment and we are so focused on the game that we forget a little bit to speak about transfers. "We have so many players out that our talks are more focused on 'when is he back? when he is back?' and it looks like any player we can get back is like a transfer because we have not seen some players this season. "They can be fresh for the second part of the season and they can give us a big push."


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