Arsène Wenger knows that winning the Premiership will be a "massive challenge" for his young side but he knows it is one they can accomplish.

When Arsenal picked up just two points from their opening three Premiership games they were labelled as a soft side who were spurning the abundance of chances they created. A string of six wins - four in the Premiership - has since lifted them to a position from where they can challenge for the title. Wenger believes they can go all the way.

"We can do it this year," said the Frenchman. "I have said that since the start of the season. We have shown that we believe we can do it through our results. This is the most important thing. What we need now is the consistency.

"The challenge is massive but the quality is there. We got away with it at the start, but you cannot drop points now because all of the others looked to have picked up as well.

"Chelsea have dropped points, Manchester United dropped points against us, but when you look at the weekend's results, the teams who are at the front now won't drop too many points more."

Wenger will continue to rely on youngsters - plus a few talented acquisitions - to fill his squad. It is a policy he has pursued for a number of years now. But, as they are now maturing at a rapid rate, it should not be considered a weakness.

"It is very exciting because they have the quality and a good spirit," said the manager. "In the past, we looked to have quite a short squad but suddenly we have quite a big squad because the youngsters are not fazed by what is in front of them.

"We have Johan Djourou who is making a step forward in every game. Gael Clichy and Philippe Senderos are coming back and Alex Song has improved. So it is very exciting.

"But at the start of a season, I believe that first of all you need the new players to integrate into the team.

"We lost a creative player in Robert Pires and this kind of quality is very difficult to replace. But Rosicky has settled in quickly and he is a very impressive player, William Gallas of course brings something special to the team.

"Also I thought that we would see the real impact of a guy like Emmanuel Adebayor this year and he has made a big improvement."

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17 Oct 2006