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Arsneal have qualities to sustain title bid: Wenger

By Staff Reporter

Arsene Wenger is adamant his Arsenal players have the required characteristics to remain top of the Premier League table and claim the title.

The Gunners will go into the New Year at the league's summit on goal difference after Leicester and Manchester City played out a goalless draw on Tuesday night.

In the past, being top at the turn of the year has often been followed by championship celebrations come May - but not for Arsenal.

Wenger's side have been top three times in the previous 14 years before this one but in none of those seasons have they gone on to lift the trophy and since 2005, only Arsenal and Liverpool have failed to win the league from top spot on January 1.

His unbeaten 'Invincibles' were second when 2004 was welcomed in but they overhauled Manchester United to win the crown - and this time round Wenger has backed his squad to show they have the quality to seal a first title in 12 years.

"We are mature enough and we have the requested quality to fight and compete," he said.

"The most important thing is to feel, at the end of the season, that we have given absolutely everything to be successful."

Wenger dismissed questions about the mentality of his teams over the years leading to them giving away their lead in the run-in.

"You question our mentality, I don't," he said. "We have to rise above that and show that we can deal with all that.

"We can have great solidarity in every single game and after that we have a chance. You cannot rule us out after 19 games. We have the chance and we want to fight for it."

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