'Christmas schedule a big opportunity'

Arsene Wenger says the busy festive period gives Arsenal a big opportunity to rise up the Premier League table.

The Gunners are currently in sixth place but play three games in seven days, starting with the visit of QPR on December 26.

Wenger has only lost once on Boxing Day in his 17 seasons as Arsenal manager and believes Arsenal can build momentum over the Christmas schedule with consistent performances.

"There are three games in a very short period of time and we can make points"

Arsene Wenger

“It’s more than the day,” he said. “It’s the period that is very important. The day has something special because it’s called Boxing Day and it’s famous all over the world.

“Everybody knows that Boxing Day is the only day when only England plays. Overall it maybe contributes to the fact that the Premier League is so famous.

“We played QPR two years ago and they were very difficult games. West Ham at the moment are in very good shape. We go away to Southampton, which is a very difficult schedule as well.

“There are three games in a very short period of time and we can make points. Our opponents will think that as well, but let’s just put the performances in and capitalise on it. The consistency in that period is what will matter.”

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