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Wenger - Big games are opportunities

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Arsene Wenger says his team will relish the challenging fixtures that lie ahead of them.

Arsenal begin February with a home game against Crystal Palace before facing a run of matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Liverpool again in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

According to Wenger, Arsenal's form at Emirates Stadium will determine the success of their season.

"Since December, I've said to the players, the Emirates will decide our season"

Arsene Wenger

"It is a good opportunity for us," Wenger said. "We play Man United at home, Man City at home, we go to Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

"But if you look at our away record it is very good. Since December, I've said to the players, the Emirates will decide our season."

Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey after he suffered an setback, while Jack Wilshere will also miss Sunday's game against Palace, but Wenger is confident the squad is big enough to cope.

"The depth in the squad will be good because of the players coming back," he said. "If we can get over this period where we've no Ramsey, no Wilshere and after they come back fresh, that can be a big boost for the end of the season."

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