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Arsene Wenger committed to end Arsenal's long wait for a league title


Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was in action for Chile twice over the international break.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was in action for Chile twice over the international break.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was in action for Chile twice over the international break.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels hungrier than ever to deliver another Barclays Premier League title after 19 years at the club, and believes the current squad has all the ingredients to succeed this season.

Wenger, 65, addressed the annual general meeting at the Emirates on Thursday morning, where a range of issues from ticket prices, the state of the club accounts to the beer served on match-days and defending at corners were raised.

Arsenal resume domestic action at Watford on Saturday following the international break having beaten Manchester United 3-0 to sit second in the Premier League table and Wenger is confident the likes of Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can help fire the Gunners towards a first title since the Invincibles of 2003-04.

"We are now equipped around the whole team to say we are really advanced in the way we work, prepare and develop players," Wenger told the AGM.

"I know you want to ask me - will we win the championship this year? I think we are back in contention and we have a good chance.

"All of our numbers confirm that we have the potential to be in the fight.

"We had a bad start, but have still managed to come back to within two points of the leaders. We have created consistency, what we have to do now is be able to win the big games.

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"We have potential to do more and will fight very hard.

"I know I have faced some adversities, but I am more motivated than ever, more committed than ever.

"I am resolute to commit until the last day of my contract here to bring back big success to this club and leave this club in the position it can do even better when I leave."

Wenger sees no reason why the players cannot rise to the challenge in 2016.

The Arsenal manager answered a question from the floor which criticised the team's performances in Europe.

He added: "We have the ingredients, now we must produce it week in and week out, that is what is at stake until the end of the season."

Sanchez remains central to hopes for both club and country, netting a stunning goal against United a fortnight ago to take his tally to six in three for Arsenal.

The former Barcelona man provided vital goals for Chile in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifiers, scoring in the win over Brazil and then following up with a brace in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Peru.

Sanchez is set to land back in London later on Thursday afternoon, but had been in touch to report no issues from the slight hip problem which saw him coming off towards the end of the 3-0 rout of United.

With the likes of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and team-mate David Silva both picking up injuries while away, Wenger hopes Arsenal might just have avoided a similar setback.

"You could see Sanchez was a bit touched against Man United, we took him off straight away," Wenger said at the AGM.

"He comes back today at 2pm, and we don't know what kind of shape he will be in because his own (Chile) coach said he played the last two games not completely fit. That means he could have damaged more, and we will have to deal with it."

Arsenal could be boosted by the return of centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who has been out since the end of September with a hamstring injury.

Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are also in contention. Wenger reported at his press conference which preceded the AGM that England duo Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, would continue their rehabilitation following leg and knee surgery respectively.

Wenger added: "They are progressing well. Jack Wilshere is still one month away at least (from being back in full training) and Danny Welbeck at the earliest will be back beginning of January."

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