Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he was not aware Saturday’s game against Norwich City would be his 900th in charge of the Gunners.

 

The visit of Paul Lambert’s side to Emirates Stadium early on Saturday afternoon will mark a significant milestone for the Frenchman, but he insisted he had not realised there had been so many games.

 

Wenger has overseen 519 wins, 204 draws and 176 losses in the 899 games that have gone by already, but he said he did not think about the past fixtures too much and concentrated on those in front of him.

 

“Yes [I am surprised] because I don't know where the other 899 have gone!” he said in an interview with the official Arsenal website.

“You always have so much focus on the next one that you forget the games that are behind you.

“It is impressive, 900 games, but basically what is only important for me is to win the next one.”

 

Winning against Norwich would be as important a victory as he has had in recent times, with three points being critical to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next year.

 

After a brilliant run of nine wins in ten games throughout March and April, three games without a win recently have seen the gap between them and rivals Tottenham Hotspur closed to just a single point.

 

With Newcastle United also within a point and Chelsea being in the Champions League final, cementing third place in the Premier League is vital.

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