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Arsenal a good bet to upset bookies, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger is hoping to prove the bookmakers wrong after watching his side go top of the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger acknowledged the Gunners are “not favourites” to finish as champions come May but insisted they are definitely good enough to do so.

Saturday's unconvincing 2-1 win over Fulham failed to move the bookies, who still have Arsenal behind Manchester United and Chelsea in the title stakes.

Yet, they also had England as favourites to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup — admittedly, eventual winners Russia did head the market for a period as well — before being dumped out.

The only statistic Wenger was interested in was the Premier League table, which shows his side one point clear — especially after they found themselves five adrift following last month's shock home defeat against Newcastle.

“We were five points behind the leaders and we had to go to Wolves and to Everton,” the Gunners boss said.

“So, three weeks later, to be top shows we have kept going. We are not favourites but we are where we are.”

Pressed further, he added: “Look at the odds! You should have looked at the odds as well for the World Cup...”

Arsenal won yesterday despite showing the same defensive frailties which led to back-to-back home defeats against Newcastle and Tottenham.

“We have 32 points and I believe that we can become stronger as a unit defensively,” said Wenger.

“We want, of course, to improve our defensive record. That is needed.”

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