By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger does not believe his side are underdogs in their clash with Manchester United.

Arsenal’s dropped points, injuries and suspensions may have made the Red Devils favourites for Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash but Wenger does not think the odds are stacked against his players.

Speaking at Friday’s pre-match press conference, the Frenchman was bullish about his young team’s chances against the current English and European champions.

“I don’t feel [we are] underdogs at all,” Wenger said. “I go into this game with the desire to win it and that's all the belief I have.

“I am convinced there is a mental strength there. What these boys take at the moment, maybe you are a father as well, it is not easy. The way to respond is on the pitch and I am very proud of what they do.”

The manager refused to label the game as ‘must-win’, insisting that results throughout the whole campaign would determine the destination of the title.

“It depends how many games the other contenders lose,” said Wenger. “I believe in my team and I'm very proud of the job I'm doing as well even if at the moment we are not as good as I want them to be. There is no alarming sign of the team not having the potential.

“I will meet you in May and see where we are."

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7 Nov 2008