Arsène Wenger has underlined the key ingredients required for his side to challenge for honours across three competitions.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup in each of the previous two seasons and enter February still in that competition and the Champions League, while sitting three points off the top of the Premier League.

Wenger says it is possible to compete on all fronts, providing the squad stays fit and performs to a consistently high level.

Exceptionally, it can happen. But you need not to have any bad injuries and to have a basis of a team who can repeat performances

“It is [possible] because some clubs have done it,” he said. “Bayern have done it.

“It is difficult to compete on three fronts. If you ask me is it possible to win on three fronts, it is a little bit different.

“Exceptionally, it can happen. But you need not to have any bad injuries and to have a basis of a team who can repeat performances.

“Maybe to be above everyone else, like Bayern were, like Barcelona were last year. It is difficult. Maybe in Spain even more because they play two legs in the cup.

“Sometimes it is important to give [players] a breather, just to recharge, more mentally than physically. If you play game after game sometimes you are just not fresh enough mentally. Physically you can cope with it.

“I think the team has a good mentality, a good level of humility, and a good togetherness.

“Humility means that you question your performance every time, that you are ready to put a shift in. This team relies a lot on work rate.”

Arsenal reached the FA Cup fifth round at the weekend
Arsenal reached the FA Cup fifth round at the weekend

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Nik Brumsack 1 Feb 2016