By Richard Clarke  

The longevity of Arsenal’s unbeaten run will make or break their season, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Emirates Stadium outfit have gone 17 games without defeat – a sequence that has seen them regain confidence and rekindle hopes of finishing in the top four.

That run will come under perhaps its greatest scrutiny on Wednesday night when Arsenal visit Roma in the Champions League Knockout Round second leg. Ironically, Wenger’s last defeat came in their previous European away fixture – a 2-0 reverse at Porto on December 10.

If they score, Arsenal can afford to lose by the odd goal at the Stadio Olimpico and still go through. But, speaking before the game, you sensed the manager was placing great value on this three-month spell without defeat.

"The most important thing is that we are on a good run and we must keep that run going,” he said. “We must not look too much at what competition we're in but just to win the next game and show that we can win every single game we play.

"That will make our season for me. We cannot afford to say 'we can afford to lose this game’. We have to win every game in the championship, Europe and FA Cup. We're in a position where we just want to win every single game now."

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11 Mar 2009