By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger believes newly-promoted clubs have benefited from employing a positive approach in recent years.

Last season was only the second of the Premier League era where none of the three clubs promoted in the previous campaign were relegated.

Arsenal welcome Southampton to Emirates Stadium on Saturday and Wenger believes that playing with no fear is helping the Premier League’s new boys.

“It pays off,” he said. “Overall, I think the in the last three, four years, that the teams that come up have a much more positive approach. We had Blackpool, Norwich, for example.

“Many teams who come up then show they are not scared to play in the Premier League and they don’t just defend. Most of the time it, I must say, it paid off.”

Southampton are back in the Premier League for the first time in seven years. Despite impressing against both Manchester clubs, they remain the only Premier League team without a point.

All the same, Wenger considers Nigel Adkins’ side to be a serious threat.

“They were impressive in the two games I’ve seen. The one against Man City and the one against Man United.

“In the end you wondered how they lost both games, so we are on alert because we know it is a team who plays with a positive attitude and can score goals."

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13 Sep 2012