Campbell expects tough run-in

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Veteran defender Sol Campbell has warned Arsenal's youngsters not to expect an easy ride as they battle to land the Barclays Premier League title.

The Gunners are very much in the hunt for a first championship since Campbell led the 'Invincibles' of 2003/2004 following a last-gasp 2-1 victory at struggling Hull on Saturday, where Nicklas Bendtner's stoppage-time goal paved the way for the Tigers to dismiss manager Phil Brown. Only two points now separate the top three, although Chelsea have played a game less.

"We kept fighting and got the win in the end, and we do not care as long as the win comes," Campbell told Arsenal TV Online.

"It is never easy, you have to win and earn your rights, you have to play good football - nobody is just going to give you three points in this league, no chance.

"We just have to keep focused, picking up the wins and stay in there."

Arsenal's title credentials have already been written off more than once this season, most notably following successive defeats by their direct rivals at the start of February.

Therefore, Wenger is unlikely to give too much credence to the same critics now championing his side.

Denmark striker Bendtner remains happy to let other people talk while the Gunners go about their business.

"A lot of things are said in football, a lot of comments made - everyone has their opinions," Bendtner said.

"I cannot really say what is the difference [in Arsenal this season], but we are winning and just have to keep doing that."

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