By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says Wednesday’s win in Udinese has lifted any tension from the Arsenal squad and he is “confident we will see a much more convincing team against Manchester United”.

The manager and his side travel to Old Trafford on Sunday looking for their first win in this season’s Premier League off the back of a confidence-boosting result in Italy that saw them qualify for the Champions League Group Stage.

Wenger admits Arsenal were suffering a from a dip in confidence following last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool but expects to see a different team turn up this weekend.

“You could feel the tension in our side before the Udinese game,” he said. “After the first game against Udinese, the squad was a bit insecure because we only won 1-0 and because of the quality of Udinese.

“That game was in our mind when we played against Liverpool. But that is out of the way now and I am confident you will see a much more convincing team against Manchester United.

“I am confident that we will be solid on Sunday and will have a good performance. It is vital for us to have a very good game on Sunday.”

Manchester United are five points ahead of Arsenal after two games of the Premier League season but, at this early stage of the campaign, Wenger isn’t paying too much attention to the standings.

“The table is important, I don’t deny that, but after two games you have to take a little distance with that,” he said.

“What will be important is the performance we put in on Sunday - to convince ourselves that we can play a part at the top level. But, of course, we don’t want the gap to become too big.

“In our first part of the season, we play all the big teams away from home first. It is even more important to get results and not let Manchester United, for example, get away too early.”

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26 Aug 2011