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02 Mar 2013 08:47:44

Gunners pose greater threat - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham his side are no longer reliant on the goal threat of any one player.

Wales international Gareth Bale scored his eighth goal in his last six appearances with a superb last-minute winner to beat West Ham 3-2 on Monday night, a victory which lifted Spurs up to third in the Barclays Premier League table.

However, as the two sides prepare to do battle in the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Wenger insists his own side can produce plenty of attacking threats, and said: "At the moment I feel we can score from many positions and I prefer that, personally."

He added: "We have many players who can score - (Theo) Walcott can score, (Olivier) Giroud can score, (Santi) Cazorla can score, (Lukas) Podolski can score, I think (Jack) Wilshere will score as well, so we have many.

"We have scored more goals than last year and last year our efficiency was always depending on (Robin) van Persie and I always worried about the day van Persie gets injured."

Despite Wenger's bravado that Arsenal should focus on their own game rather than worrying about what Bale might do at any given moment, the Arsenal manager concedes the 23-year-old, whom he once scouted when a raw youngster at Southampton, is in top form.

"Bale has good pace, at the moment he has a good conversion rate between the chances he creates and the goals he scores. That is quite cyclical (I think).

"I think it's certainly the best in Europe between in terms of conversion rate and chances created, but to maintain that is very, very difficult."


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