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Wenger seeks end to barren run

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Arsene Wenger feels Barclays Premier League title glory for his young Gunners this season would be just reward for all his "patient work".

The Frenchman, who turns 60 later this month, is now the longest-serving manager in Arsenal's history, taking the club to another level since arriving at Highbury some 13 seasons ago. However, Wenger knows despite all the success in the past - which included an unbeaten campaign on the way to the 2003/2004 title - another barren return come May next year would be a major disappointment.

"I think it [winning the title] would be the consequence of more patient work, and of a long build-up," said the Arsenal manager.

"I believe as well you can say this team is like some former teams, that it is really red and white.

"A lot of these players arrived at 16 and are now in the first team, and it is something fantastic to achieve that."

Wenger added: "We have not won the Premier League (since 2004). To achieve it now would be like winning it for the first time again."

Of all his achievements, Wenger believes the Invincible campaign stands alone.

"After seven games this season, everybody has lost already and there are a lot of people who have invested a lot of money," he said.

"I don't say it cannot be done again, but it is an exceptional achievement because it is not long ago - 2004 - and it shows that it takes something special to do that."

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