By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger is convinced Arsenal can continue to climb the table.
The manager has guided his side to five wins and a draw in the past month; a run that has put them top of their Champions League group, into the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup and up to seventh in the Premier League.
Having beaten title contenders Chelsea last Saturday, Arsenal will not play anyone currently above themselves in the table until they visit Manchester City on December 18. And Wenger predicts the top six will falter in that period too.
“If we are capable of maintaining our run we will come back up quickly,” he said. “I think we have made a big improvement in recent weeks by bridging the gap and I am personally convinced that the teams ahead of us will drop points.
“If we are capable of maintaining the pace in the League that we have shown recently then we will come back.”
The first challenge is West Brom on Saturday and there can be no bigger warning than the game last season when the newly-promoted Midlands side won 3-2.
“It was a big setback on the day,” said Wenger. “We didn't turn up. That was a good lesson for us.
“Overall I feel we are in a completely different state of mind now. We have a desire to do well and I am convinced we will.”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 4 Nov 2011