Wenger committed to Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has reiterated his commitment to Arsenal despite his youngsters' recent struggles, insisting he would not swap places with Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wenger has seen his squad demoralised by dropping points against Tottenham and Stoke but he believes they are good enough to bounce back and mount a Barclays Premier League title challenge.

"I would not exchange today my position with any manager of any other team because I believe strongly in our qualities," he said.

After a Champions League stalemate against Fenerbahce on Wednesday, it does not come any harder as next up is Ferguson's side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has suggested the criticism levelled at Wenger, after going without a trophy since 2005, could lead to the Frenchman walking away. But Wenger, who has a contract until 2011, said: "No, I love it here. I don't question my commitment for Arsenal and I could show you concrete signs that I've done that over the years."

The Frenchman's commitment stems from the faith he has in his young players to turn their season around after a dismal week.

"If the result at the end of the season will be based on experience, we will go down. Every single team has more experience than we have," he said.

"I don't believe that success is linked with experience. It is linked with desire, with talent, with intelligence. You can be intelligent at 18 or 20 and you can be stupid at 30.

"The solution is not always to buy players. The solution for me at the moment is to trust the players I have because I trust their strengths, I trust their intelligence so let's show it."

Wenger's preparations have not been helped by injury concerns to Mikael Silvestre (nose), William Gallas (hamstring), Bacary Sagna (ankle) and Theo Walcott (shoulder). They will require late checks but forward Robin van Persie is suspended, while Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) and Emmanuel Eboue (knee) will miss out, along with long-term absentees Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo.

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