Robin van Persie has billed the clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage as a true test of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title credentials.
The 26-year-old forward has played in defeats to Manchester United and City this season — but he believes the matches against teams without top-four aspirations are as important.
“Maybe even more important in the end,” the Holland international said. “If you look last year, the way Manchester United became champions was against the smaller teams.
“They won against all the teams from 19 to 10. That is why they became champions. So it is very important to win these games.
“I had a look at the fixtures coming up and on paper they look all right, but we lost to Fulham last year so it is very, very tough.
“I saw their game against Everton and they were very decent and it was a very good goal from Damien Duff.
“It's going to be hard but as long as we can put the pressure on the opponent, play together and share the goals then I'm quite confident.”
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has been tipped to become Great Britain's Olympics boss for 2012 and that’s no surprise to Arsene Wenger.
“He's a man of intelligence, of big experience and is completely entitled to pretend to lead the Olympic team,” said the Gunners boss.
“Of course he's among the top of the English managers; you look at his CV. He's a long time at the top level. That's the most difficult.”