Wenger still gunning for glory

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Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal's season can still end in glory after the Gunners' home goal drought ended in spectacular fashion against Blackburn.

Wenger's side cantered to a 4-0 victory over Rovers at the Emirates, with Andrey Arshavin scoring his first, and perhaps second, goals for the club. Following the nailbiting midweek Champions League win over Roma, Wenger now believes there is success to be enjoyed both domestically and in Europe.

"The boys were waiting for a long time to do that. It is up for grabs now," said Wenger. "The team is really up for it. We are in good shape to fight on three fronts."

He added: "I believe that maybe the pressure came off the team after the Roma game."

Arsenal took the lead after just 80 seconds as Russian playmaker Arshavin bundled the ball home via a hefty deflection off Andre Ooijer, though that strike may ultimately be chalked down as an own goal.

But he scored a wonderful second after 65 minutes before Emmanuel Eboue stepped off the bench to add a late brace, including an injury-time penalty.

"We played with more freedom, our football was more fluent and our game is coming back," Wenger added.

"That's down to psychological reasons. We were always very focused and we are on a very consistent run now, so we can go from strength to strength. Would we have produced the same performance had we gone out in midweek? It would have been very difficult."

Despite his optimism, Wenger did urge caution, stressing that there are plenty of serious challenges still ahead if a campaign which once looked to be lurching towards disaster is to be salvaged.

"Every game is a challenge. Before we start to dream, we have to play a game every three days," he said. "Players are coming back from injury now, we have Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor coming back, so we can rotate now but we can't drop off in our performances."

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