By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has called on his Arsenal team to prove they have matured into a side capable of winning the Premier League.

After defeats away to both Manchester United and Chelsea, the manager is urging his players to show they have learnt from the setbacks by beating Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Monday.

Wenger has emphasised the importance of Arsenal’s games against the top teams in a nip-and-tuck season where stealing a march on your nearest rivals is vital for success.

“We have a good opportunity to show in the coming months that our improvement is bigger than any other team,” said Wenger.

“We are a very young side and it’s about how well we respond to what happened to us at Chelsea and Manchester United. That will be the decider for our season.

“Of course we have mixed feelings because we came out of both games against Chelsea and Manchester United thinking that it was possible and that there was not a difference between the teams.

“But the statistics are history and every game is a new start. Every guy before he wins, he has lost and one day he wins. We have to make sure for us that day is on Monday.

“We are in a strong position now in December and we know our home form against the big teams will be the decider for the championship.”

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23 Dec 2010