By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is not concerned about the ifs, buts and maybes of Arsenal's season - he is focused on the here and now.

The Arsenal manager is often seen fending off questions about how things might have been different for his team this term if X, Y and Z had been fit. On Thursday the theme continued with Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor as the focal point.

The duo have been responsible for creating and converting all three of Arsenal’s goals since they returned from injury last weekend and it was put to Wenger that his team might have sustained a title challenge if Fabregas had not damaged knee ligaments in December and Adebayor had avoided a hamstring injury in February.

Wenger refused to be drawn on the matter. As far as the Frenchman is concerned, any deviation from the task in hand would be dangerous for his team.

"I believe that we do not want to focus too much on that [the injuries to his players]," said Wenger.

"We are on a strong run in the League and we want to keep that going. We did that without the injured players and that’s why I believe we have improved as a team and we have shown strong mental strength.

"I believe as well we want to focus on the short term and not focus too much on the past. You have seen that in every single game we play at the moment we must be 100 per cent – if you are just a little bit off your best you get punished."

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10 Apr 2009