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Wenger: We must focus on own strengths

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his team to focus on their own strengths and not get carried away in the hype surrounding Manchester City as their Premier League title rivals look to chalk up 100 goals.

Following the 5-0 demolition of Blackburn in their FA Cup third-round replay, City stand on the brink of a century in all competitions when they host relegation-battlers Cardiff today.

Despite all of the plaudits coming the way of Manuel Pellegrini's free-scoring side, it is Arsenal who remain a point clear at the top of the table ahead of today's match with Fulham after they won at Aston Villa on Monday to move back above City and Chelsea.

Wenger accepts that while Arsenal may always be playing catch-up on City in terms of financial muscle, they can prove their own worth with consistency on the pitch with what would be a fifth straight league win against the struggling Cottagers.

"In terms of their resources, no (we cannot compete) because they have unlimited resources. But with our resources available, we are ready to fight," said Wenger.

"If you look at the last 12 months you will see that our form has been consistent, so let's go from strength to strength and develop our game."

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Wenger remains confident Arsenal can prove the bookmakers wrong and last the distance in the title race.

"Let people make Man City or Chelsea the favourites, we can accept that," he said.

"The reality is that tomorrow afternoon at 3pm, that is where you can perform and where we have an opportunity to convince people that we are serious about what we want to achieve."

Wenger added: "We know that one of the targets in the second part of the season is for us to be strong at home and recently we have done that, so we want to continue that.

"Tomorrow of course is a very important game, it is a derby, and because now we go into a part of the season where every game becomes massive."


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