We can win the title says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Denilson (left) is congratulated by Nicklas Bendtner (centre) and Cesc Fabregas (right) after his opening goal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side have the qualities to win the Premier League title this year after seeing them beat West Ham on Saturday.
Despite having Thomas Vermaelen sent off, the Gunners beat the Hammers 2-0 to go top of the table by a point.
"We have a good chance to do it this year," admitted Wenger.
"We want to win the trophy because we are all conscious we have won nothing yet. The hunger, the talent and I think the nerves are there."
Arsenal were forced to dig deep to overcome the Hammers in Saturday's evening kick-off at the Emirates after seeing Vermaelen dismissed in the 44th minute.
Referee Martin Atkinson deemed the defender to have been the last man after he pulled down Guillermo Franco in the box.
However, Gunners goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved Alessandro Diamanti's resultant penalty to preserve the lead given to the home side by midfielder Denilson in the fifth minute.
Our next two games will tell us a lot, especially the next one when we are playing against a team who are more or less in the same position as us. It will be massive
Captain Cesc Fabregas, back in the side following an injury lay-off, sealed the win from the same spot following a handball by Hammers centre-back Matthew Upson nine minutes from the end.
Wenger was critical of the decision to send off Vermaelen, which rules him out of the Gunners' next match at Birmingham, but praised his side for their display in the absence of the Belgian.
"I felt it was very harsh," said Wenger. "We have seen this situation so many times in the game without it being punished at all.
"But everybody adapted very well to the situation and technically I believe we were outstanding.
"We played with class and spirit and we kept our nerve when the situation became difficult, so overall we have shown a good attitude, good maturity, and in the important moments in any department we were decisive."
With Arsenal's main title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea playing on Sunday, against Liverpool and Blackburn respectively, the Gunners could feasibly fall back to third in the table but Wenger is focusing only on his own side.
"We cannot rely on the other results of the other teams, so the only thing we can do is master our own results," he added.
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