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Wenger preaches league focus

20 Mar 2010 - 10:13:16

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his side not to lose focus for their Premier League run-in, with the Gunners having been drawn to face Barcelona in the Champions League.

Wenger is aware that media attention will home in on the upcoming clash with the reigning European champions, but the Frenchman is keeping that at the back of his mind.

He told reporters: "If you go to the bookmakers and try to place a few pounds, you will see that we are not favourites against Barcelona.

"Of course they are a good side, but so are we. For me, we have a 50-50 game - if we turn up with our best performance we have a good chance to beat them.

"It will be an interesting, exciting game. We have to make sure we have the belief and focus right.

"For the rest I believe it is much more important to focus on the West Ham game than the Barcelona draw.

"We have fought since August for the championship and it is important we keep our mind on what is vital to us - that is the championship, then we can go into the Champions League with the right belief.

"If we speak about West Ham instead of speaking about Barcelona, that is where we can show we have matured and that we are intelligent.

"In our job, we have to make sure we focus on what is important and what we love, not the stories which the media dictates to people. In my job, I have to make sure that is the case."

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