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Wenger insists trophies will come

Arsene Wenger
Wenger feels his team have been undone by refereeing decisions

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed their attacking style will bring them silverware as he conceded the Premier League title was now out of reach.

The club are set to be trophyless for a third season after their 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday, but Wenger was unequivocal.

"We will continue to play the way we do but better," Wenger said. "The trophies will come.

"The main target is to keep the team together. They are absolutely amazing."

And striker Emmanuel Adebayor has backed Wenger's "vision" for Arsenal - and declared the Gunners will come out fighting next season.

"Arsene is a great man and a great manager," declared Adebayor, who now has 20 Premier League goals this season.

"He has achieved a lot of things with this club. For sure he is going to be here.

"He has a vision to bring a lot of good players to this club like Alex Hleb, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Cesc Fabregas and William Gallas.

I feel we have done a lot for the Premier League this season by the way we have promoted it

Arsene Wenger

"They are his players. So, for sure, we will win something, no doubt about that."

The Gunners are now nine points behind leaders United with just four fixtures remaining, and three points behind Chelsea having played a game more.

A disappointed Wenger hinted that certain decisions which went against Arsenal at Old Trafford highlighted a recent trend, but was keen to stress the pride he felt in a team which were controversially knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool in midweek.

"Overall, I am very proud of my team's performance," he said.

"We had to be exceptionally strong after the Liverpool game - and we were.

"I feel the difference between success and failure is very little. We do not feel there is much between ourselves, United and Chelsea when it comes to technical ability and quality.

"So it is difficult to accept we will not win the title.

"I want to win trophies and it is sad we cannot win a trophy this season.


"On the other hand, I feel we have done a lot for the Premier League this season by the way we have promoted it."

Arsenal needed to win at Old Trafford to start clawing back the Premier League leader's six-point advantage but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty cancelled out Adebayor's opener before Owen Hargreaves grabbed the winner to effectively end Arsenal's hopes.

Hargreaves' free-kick came after Gilberto had been punished for a challenge on Patrice Evra while Ronaldo's penalty was awarded following a handball by William Gallas.

Wenger said: "Those two decisions made it difficult for us but overall we have to take it.

"With the penalty you can give it or not give it. As for the free-kick I do not think Gilberto touched Evra."

see also
Ferguson revels in momentous win
13 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal
13 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Sunday's football photos
13 Apr 08 |  Football
Premier League as it happened
13 Apr 08 |  Premier League

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