By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger can only imagine how much better Arsenal would be doing this season had they not suffered so badly with injuries.

A number of key players have been forced into long-term absences this season and Wenger currently has eight of his first-teamers unavailable.

Despite this the Gunners have an opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday evening and fans can only dream about where Arsenal could have been had they been hit by injuries.

"You can imagine but you can never prove," agreed Wenger. "But it gives a lot of credit to the players that despite all that has happened we are still there.

"That, when you are such a young team, is something very interesting for our Club to have."

In spite of Arsenal's current League position Wenger is not getting ahead of himself, pointing out that there is still almost half of the season remaining. However, he is confident that his side has what it takes to bring silverware to Emirates Stadium this season.

"We have won nothing yet," he warned. "But we have won some credibility. However, that is not enough.

"We want more but at least we are in a position to fight for it and have a go.

"I have the confidence that my team will give absolutely everything.

"I trust their hunger, I trust their appetite and I trust their spirit, knowing of course that there is a long way to go."

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