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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
Wenger hails Arsenal unity
Arsene Wenger paid tribute to his Arsenal side after they sealed the Premiership title at Tottenham.

"The overall achievement of the club has been tremendous," he told the BBC.

"The championship is where you see how good a team is. All the players have had a remarkable attitude and all my staff have been fantastic.

"We've been remarkably consistent, haven't lost a game and we have played stylish football. We have entertained people who just love football."

Wenger has now won three league titles in his seven years at Arsenal, becoming the first Highbury manager to win a hat-trick of titles.

So much tension builds up during the season that when you do win it feels like a relief
Arsene Wenger
But the Frenchman has no intention of resting on his laurels and, beyond going through the season unbeaten, is already plotting for the defence of the championship next season.

"We have won the championship twice in the last three years and we have won the FA Cup twice in the last three years," he said.

"In my opinion we have made up ground on Manchester United and have improved every year.

"It is now our target to defend the title. Manchester United won it three years in a row and we have improved since then, so we must try and win another Premiership."

Wenger also insists his players will not get distracted by having won the title, or crow about the achievements.

"I believe we must keep our humility and wonder how we can become a better team. That starts with me.

"If we do that then I believe there is a lot more to come from this side.

We showed remarkable mental strength against Liverpool - it is not all about style
Arsene Wenger on a crucial win
"My target now is to keep the players focused on our unbeaten record. We have put so much effort into this season so to lose a game now because we had switched off would not be ideal. We have to keep going."

Captain Patrick Vieira, who scored the opening goal against Tottenham and set up the second, echoed his manager's sentiments.

"It is my third title here and we want to continue like that because the club is getting bigger every year and our targets are getting bigger every year."

And Thierry Henry made no apologies for celebrating at White Hart Lane after the final whistle, describing the team's actions as something they owed to the fans.

"Although it was important for us to win the title here it was more for them," the striker said.

This Arsenal team is something else
Thierry Henry
"Even though we didn't win the game people will remember that we won the title at White Hart Lane. That was really important for the supporters.

"You don't win the title every day. It happened that it was at Tottenham and that's special, but we would have done it [celebrate on the pitch] everywhere.

"We know it's special for the fans so you can't just leave and go home. They deserved it."




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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
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