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Wenger tells players to keep focus

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger compared the Premier League to a jungle, and is urging his players to keep focus ahead of their matchup against Middlesbrough.

Arsenal is enjoying a good run, having only suffered defeat once in the league. The Gunners sits level on points with leader Manchester City, and trails by just a single goal in goal difference. The team is looking for another win on Saturday as they go up against newcomers Middlesbrough.

“I believe humility is to understand that you start again from zero,” Wenger said.

“We live in a jungle where everyone wants to eat you – you have to survive by keeping your vigilance. That’s what competition is about.”

Wenger also thought that the recent form of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez vindicated the decision to give them both an extended break over the summer after playing in the Euros and Copa America respectively. With the duo in form, the loss of injured Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.

“I think so,” Wenger said. “I gave an even longer break [in pre-season] to Sanchez. It took them some time to come back to their best but it was the right decision.”

Wenger also gave an update on Danny Welbeck, who is rehabbing to get back from a knee injury.

“He is ahead of schedule and could be back in January,” Wenger said. After that let’s not forget he was out for a year, and to get him back to competitive level will take two months. He will be out to start running in two weeks.”

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