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‘I’m reluctant to change what works’

Arsene Wenger says he is unlikely to rotate his squad much against West Ham United because he is “reluctant to change what works”.

Arsenal won back-to-back Premier League games against Everton and Watford either side of the international break to close the gap on second-placed Tottenham Hotspur to four points.

Wenger named an unchanged side for last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Watford with Alex Iwobi retaining his place in the starting XI, and the manager is unlikely to tamper with a winning formula.

"We know that we need nearly the perfect run and we know as well that we don’t look only in front of us, we look behind us as well"

Arsene Wenger

"I’m always reluctant to change what works,” he said. “[It is] down to the confidence gained from our last two games. Team play has improved in those games and our game is based on mobility, speed and technique. We have found a good balance in our game.

“We know that we need nearly the perfect run and we know as well that we don’t look only in front of us, we look behind us as well. We are chased by a group of teams who can make it very difficult for us so we have just to focus on our performance and hope we finish [the season] in a very strong way.

“As long as it’s mathematically possible, there’s a strong possibility [Arsenal can catch Leicester]. You look at the difficulty of the Premier League and they have been very consistent but every game is very, very tight. That can go the other way.”

Alex Iwobi

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