Arsenal take on Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United this Saturday as the second phase of the Premier League begins. The Gunners are at the top of the table at the moemnt with 39 points from 19 matches. They are ahead of Leicester City on goal difference.

Arsene Wenger’s men are on a trot right now as they are in a fine form. Except for the last weekend when they went down 0-4 against Southampton, it has been a happy year for them.

After a decade long wait the Arsenal fans can realistically dream about winning the much awaited Premier League title as they have the most consistent side in the country by a margin.

 

Speaking ahead of the Newcastle United game, Wenger addressed the media at the pre-match press conference.

The Gunners boss said: “We will rotate again. Matheiu Flamini has a chance but Alexis Sanchez is a bit short.

“2015 was a positive year for us because we were consistent. We have improved our results.

“To go to Olympiacos was tough and we dealt with that. Our target is to show that.”

He was asked if he is considering winning the title this season, to which Wenger replied: “You cannot rule us out. We have a chance and we want to fight for it.”

Wenger further spoke about opponents Newcastle United and said: “I believe they had a difficult start. Away from home they have good performances.”

Arsenal are currently heavily linked with young Egyptian midfielder Mohamed El Nenny and it has been reported several times that the deal is almost finalised. When Arsene Wenger was asked to speak on the transfer he said: “We cannot announce anything at the moment. Nothing has been concluded.”

He further added: “I will be busy during the January transfer window that is for sure. I have already said we are short.”

He concluded the presser by hailing his talismanic custodian Petr Cech. He said: “When you look at his record it is fantastic. He integrated quickly into our team.”

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