Arsène Wenger says beating teams in bottom half of the table will be vital if Arsenal are to maintain their challenge for the title.

On Saturday the Gunners face Fulham, who currently sit 16th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.

Arsenal's record against sides near the bottom has been excellent this season. Wenger wants to maintain that and then deliver against the high-flyers.

We want that consistency against the lower part of the Premier League

Arsène Wenger

"That [beating the bottom-half sides] gives you consistency," Wenger said. "After that you want to make some special results against the direct contenders as well.

"Of course that is the target but let's first be consistent. The table is divided in two at the moment, you have nine up to Southampton on 30 points. That is the first part of the table and then you have the second part between 16, 17 and 23 points.

"There is a gap between Southampton and the rest but every game is difficult. We want that consistency against the lower part of the Premier League but as well produce some exceptional results against the top level teams."

Copyright 2014 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 Isaac Moore 17 Jan 2014