By Declan Taylor

Arsenal have gone “a different way” to title rivals Manchester United, according to Arsène Wenger.

As a result of Saturday’s results, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side now lead the Gunners by 10 points and Wenger believes the gap is a result of an overall contrast in the teams’ philosophies.

Ever since his arrival in North London over 12 years and 700 games ago, Arsène Wenger has been applauded for his success with young players, without breaking the bank.

However, the manager reiterated that this method requires patience, especially considering the cash splashed by his peers.

“We can of course compete but we have a young team and we have gone a different way,” he said after Saturday’s goalless draw with West Ham. “We go through a period where we have to accept maybe to be strong and patient a little bit.

 “Man United bought Berbatov for £31.5m and you look at the cost of their team and you will understand why.”

The draw against West Ham took Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 10 in all competitions but the manager admitted that there is something still missing.

“We are on a good run but the big problem is once you are behind every point you drop looks like a disaster, but if you look well at our run in the last 10 to 12 games I feel the team is improving.

“We lack still, I agree with you, a little bit creation and a little bit invention but overall we are consistent, we are fighting. I am not negative about the team.”

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2 Feb 2009