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Wenger excited by Arsenal future

Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott
Fabregas and Walcott have both blossomed under Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes his current Arsenal side can "go as far as they want" after watching them produce a stunning 6-2 win against Blackburn.

The Frenchman, who is now Arsenal's longest-serving manager, said: "Our culture is about going forward and scoring goals - you saw that again.

"The whole team goes forward and we can score goals from everywhere.

"Their keeper made some fantastic saves but we scored great goals. This Arsenal team can go as far as they want."

Wenger, who celebrated 13 years in charge of the Gunners in midweek, feels his side could be on the verge of something special.

"They have fantastic potential. There are some amazing teams to compare them with and we still have it all to do of course, but the spirit and attitude is there.

"I do not look back at my time at the club. Maybe I will when I have no choice, but now I look forward because there is so much to come from this team.


"It is so enjoyable living with these players on a daily basis - to get them to improve and see how much they love the game."

Rovers twice took the lead at the Emirates stadium, but found themselves on the back foot for much of the game as Arsenal played with verve and incision.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce admitted: "We gave too many chances to Arsenal and their finishing was clinical.

"If you look at quality of their finishing, Arsenal are unstoppable for anyone.

"Paul Robinson pulled off some really good saves. We could have conceded more than six goals."

And Allardyce was gracious enough in defeat to pay tribute to Wenger for his achievements since he arrived at Arsenal in 1996.

"To football, Wenger has given a tremendous amount," he said.

"He has showed everyone how to find young talent and develop it through their system.

Thierry Henry
Henry and the Arsenal fans have a great affection for each other

"We would all like to say we have 25% of our players from our academy, but he has 80-90% of his side through their academy."

Thierry Henry is just one of the names who benefitted from the mentorship of Wenger.

The French striker matured into one of the best players in the world after he signed for Arsenal from Juventus, where he had struggled to make an impact.

The Barcelona forward was in attendance on Sunday to see his former side turn on the style and he was full of praise for Wenger.

He said: "As you all know he's the longest-serving Arsenal manager.

"It's tremendous and amazing and he deserves to be where he is. He's the right man here."

Henry, who is Arsenal's greatest goalscorer, came on to the pitch before the match and was given a rousing reception from the home fans.

"I was a bit embarrassed, I didn't know what to do," he said. "I have a special bonding with the club. I'm still in shock."

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