By Chris Harris
Arsenal's "moment of truth" begins now, according to Arsène Wenger.
With the second international break of the season out of the way, the Frenchman and his players can settle into a long run of club fixtures - both at home and in Europe.
By the end of October they will have faced the Premier League's two bottom clubs - Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers - and reached the halfway stage their Champions League group after a home game against Schalke.
Wenger knows that maximum points from those three games will be vital for momentum.
"In October the moment of truth starts for the team," he told Arsenal Player. "The league establishes itself a little bit and the Champions League goes to decisive moments. Therefore of course, it’s important to be decisive and convincing.
"The target is always the same [after an international break]. When they come back, we want to quickly focus on our own targets again and get the team back mentally on our next game. I believe that we’ll work and the team, after our last performance at West Ham, will want to continue the good run and focus well."
Arsenal went into the recent break with the feelgood factor after coming from behind to win 3-1 at Upton Park. Wenger says that result should not be underestimated.
"Because we lost against Chelsea, of course it was important [to win there]," he said. "When you go to West Ham, it’s a difficult place. We played against a good side. I was impressed by the quality of their game against QPR.
"We knew that was an important moment of the season for us and we dealt well with the situation in a very positive way. We were faithful to our game and overall it was a convincing win, even if there were some turning points during the game [that] went a little bit for us."
Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.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 19 Oct 2012