Wenger builds up title chances
Arsene Wenger built up Arsenal's title chances in the wake of their 3-0 win over rivals Tottenham.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 31/10/09 7:50pm
Arsene Wenger built up Arsenal's title chances in the wake of their 3-0 win over North London rivals Tottenham.
The Gunners strolled to a comfortable victory at the Emirates Stadium, with two goals from Robin van Persie and a solo effort from Cesc Fabregas sealing the win.
Van Persie opened the scoring on 42 minutes, latching onto a Bacary Sagna cross from the right, and Fabregas doubled the lead just 11 seconds after the game restarted.
The points were secured when Dutchman van Persie tapped in from close range on the hour mark, and Wenger believes the result signals Arsenal's title intent.
"Do we have enough? I say yes," he said. "I've said that since the first day of the season and it won't change now.
"We want to show consistency and intelligence and that is not easy. I believe we have the opportunity and it will be down to our attitude."
Robbie Keane suggested earlier in the week that Spurs' squad had a greater strength in depth, although the heavy defeat leaves his comments without credibility.
When asked whether Spurs can challenge Arsenal in the league, Wenger said: "We have to see over a longer period.
"I am positive for us because we have the minimum points with the performances we have produced. Will Tottenham be up there? I don't know. It's too early.
"It is not about opinion, it is about performance on the pitch. That is what is important.
"We took advantage of the shock of the first goal and in the second half we always played a little restricted.
"After the third there wasn't the impression that Spurs would come back."
Despite the comfortable scoreline, the Gunners boss threw his jacket onto the ground in the second half in frustration, although his side kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since September.
"I threw my jacket down because I was frustrated, I couldn't communicate with the players because of the noise of the stadium - I am not used to that!" he added.
The only sour note for Arsenal was losing Nicklas Bendtner for a month to injury - "It is a groin problem and looks serious," Wenger confirmed.
The home side's third goal was scored on the hour mark as Spurs went to sleep as Eduardo went down injured.
Arsenal carried on while the Tottenham defenders stopped in their tracks, and Bacary Sagna squeezed his cross between King and Gomes into the path of Van Persie.
"We stopped as well so you cannot say we had an unfair advantage," Wenger added. "You always say play on until the whistle."