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Wenger denies Arsenal cannot compete at very top

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denies his players cannot compete at the top table after elimination from the Capital One Cup by Chelsea.

Wenger has found the back-to-back home defeats to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea galling, but dismissed suggestions Arsenal cannot hack it against their peers.

"Let's not reach a conclusion too quickly," said the Frenchman.

"I think if you take the points we have made since January 1, it's more than everybody else.

"I believe that, over a longer distance, you'll see more of the quality of the team than in the last two games.

"It is true that it is difficult to swallow what happened to us in the last week, but as well the mistakes are so big that they can be corrected.

"We have to keep the basis of our game and go into the next one with that and get those mistakes out [of our system]."

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