Arsenal can make this a great season if they learn the lessons of the first four months, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Frenchman has seen his team lose five times this term but they go into Christmas just two points adrift of leaders Manchester United despite playing the rest of the top four away from home.

Both Manchester clubs come to Emirates Stadium in the New Year while Chelsea visit on December 27 and Wenger believes that his team can go on to win the title if they iron out their faults.

"I believe overall this championship is very open," he told the Official Matchday Programme. "We have played at Manchester United, at Chelsea, at Manchester City and at Liverpool so we are in a very strong position.

"What we have learned in the away games against the big teams is that we are there with our quality.

"The rest of the season will be decided by what we have learnt until now, how much we will improve and how much confidence we can take from our run until now."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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