By Chris Harris
According to Arsène Wenger, this weekend is a “good opportunity” for Arsenal to make up ground in the title race.
The Frenchman has seen his team pick up six points from their first four Premier League games and fall nine points adrift of early leaders Chelsea. But Wenger will take some comfort from the fact that Arsenal have already made three of their toughest away trips - to Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City.
In theory, Wigan’s visit to Emirates Stadium on Saturday represents an excellent chance of three points for Arsenal. And a win would close the gap on at least two of the top four with Chelsea playing Tottenham and Old Trafford hosting the Manchester derby.
Wenger is well aware of how pivotal these weekends can be in the title race and he intends to take full advantage.
“[We can make up ground] on one of the two [Manchester clubs] or both,” said the Arsenal boss.
“It’s a very good opportunity.
“We learn two things [from losing both games in Manchester]: that we have the potential to fight for the Championship and we did not make enough of the opportunities we had to deliver points and that puts us under pressure to deliver at home.”
Man City will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the campaign when they face their city rivals in what is undoubtedly the game of the weekend. Wenger was on the receiving end of Mark Hughes’ expensively-assembled team last weekend so does he expect them to challenge for the title?
“It’s too early to say that, it’s difficult at the moment to say that,” said the Frenchman. “Let’s see how well they do on Sunday.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 Sep 2009