By Chris Harris

Arsenal are not cowed by the prospect of facing their main title rivals, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Frenchman is looking down on Manchester United and Chelsea from the top of the Premier League table at the moment but heads to Old Trafford on Monday on the back of nine defeats in ten games against those two sides.

Arsenal will travel in confidence after racking up five wins on the road this season and Wenger insists that his players will have no psychological barrier to overcome when they line up against Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

"There is no psychological issue - they were better than us in recent years," confessed Wenger.

"We were a bit unlucky in some games, especially at Manchester United last year when we scored an own goal. But it is even more an opportunity to show we have grown, that we are a different team and that we are up to a different level.

"If we are in December and top of the league, that means the other teams have not done better than us, and that we have the qualities to beat them.

"Of course it is always of psychological importance in the heads of the players to beat your main rivals, but we are doing well and are in a position where we can have belief.

"We are very hungry, we are playing for each other more than ever, so I believe with all that we can be dangerous and beat anybody."

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