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Wenger thrilled with 'test'

02 Dec 2007 - 12:44:57

Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal passed a "big test" after extending their lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor were on the mark as the Gunners bounced back from conceding an early opener against in-form Villa on Saturday evening.

The win moved the north London club five points clear of nearest challengers Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.

"I think the first half was amazing, a really classy display," said the Frenchman.

"We played quick, sharp football, always looking to move into space.

"We were resilient, showed great commitment and we were calm, soaking up the pressure. It was a big game and a big test for us."

Meanwhile, Wenger has revealed that injured striker Robin van Persie will be out for another two to three weeks.

The Dutchman was believed to be close to a return after being sidelined since early October with a knee problem.

"It will be two or three more weeks. There is still pain," he said.

"He is not close, he has no chance at all for next week."

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