Monday, 27 October 2008

Arsenal Boss Wenger: "Any Weakness Will Be Punished"

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned his young Gunners side that they cannot afford to drop any more cheap points in the Premier League if they are to win the title for the first time since 2004, with the Frenchman insisting that “any weakness will be punished” in the race for the Premiership title.

The North London club have already lost twice in the league this season, away to Fulham at Craven Cottage and a shock defeat at the Emirates Stadium to top-flight debutantes Hull City, with a draw at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland meaning 8 dropped points from their 9 matches so far.

Wenger knows that any further losses could seriously affect their title credentials, while insisting that things “change very quickly” in the Premier League, with Liverpool now being hailed as favourites after they ended the 86 match unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge of Chelsea on Sunday.

“One week ago everyone made Chelsea super-favourites, now it is Liverpool. Things change very quickly, which is why it makes it very interesting,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“We were very close last year and with 83 points, many times you would have been champions.

“However, Manchester United had a fantastic second half of the season, we dropped a little bit of our quality and that is it - I still feel any weakness will be punished.”

Arsenal face Tottenham at the Emirates on Wednesday in the North London derby, with Spurs recording their first win of the season on Sunday against Bolton Wanderers under new boss Harry Redknapp.

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