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Wenger using Christmas fixtures to show Arsenal in false position

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal team to use their Christmas fixtures to prove they are in a false position in the Premier League. "We have to make sure that over Christmas we take advantage of the schedule we have and put the performances in," the Frenchman said.

"We have a good opportunity over Christmas to show that we are much better than people think we are. Every team has difficult games, so it is the consistency in that period that will matter."

QPR have yet to register an away point this season, but Wenger refuses to take victory at the Emirates Stadium on Friday for granted.

"We expect a QPR with nothing to lose. They will come and have a go at us," he said. "You focus on your own performance and don't expect any weakness from your opponent. In the Premier League every game is difficult and you just want to turn up.

"We played QPR two years ago and they were very difficult games. West Ham at the moment are in very good shape. We go away to Southampton, which is a very difficult as well. Again, it's down to our performances."

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