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Dec 16, 2009

Wenger demands intensity from improving Gunners

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged his team to continue the form they produced in the second half against Liverpool when they travel to Burnley on Wednesday night.

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After a disappointing first 45 minutes, a rant from the usually calm Frenchman galvanised the players and they turned a losing position into three points. And now they have proved they are able to up their game, Wenger does not want to see that intensity drop off in what looks to be a difficult away game.

Burnley have already beaten Manchester United at Turf Moor this season and have turned it into something of a fortress. Wenger is now eager for the Gunners to avoid regressing into their old ways when a trip to an unfashionable north west club would hold many fears.

With Hull City visiting the Emirates on Saturday evening, broadcast live on ESPN in the UK, Wenger is well aware that he will be expected to pick up maximum points if they are truly to be considered title challengers.

Wenger said: "The real message we have given out [after Sunday] is that Arsenal is ready for a fight and that we do not give up. But to think that we can relax would just demonstrate we are not very intelligent. I believe we are.

"If we have learned one thing from the beginning of the season until now, it is that every single team has to be considered very seriously and we have to be highly committed and focused.''

"I am impressed by Burnley's home form and it is another big game for us. But I am convinced that, with a great performance, we will come back with the three points.

"Things change very quickly. What looks for definite in this league is just short term. No situation is definitely established. Chelsea looked to be running away with it two weeks ago, today it is different. That is why, certainly since I have been here, this is the most open championship.''

Wenger also explained his half-time rant at Anfield: "I have, for a long time, behaved in this job exactly as I think I have to, or (in a way) that suits me, but we try to adapt to every single situation that we face. It has always been the same. Every player is under big pressure, despite the fact they are idolised, they need help.

"The problem has always been you are facing people who want to do well in their life and your job is to try to help them achieve something. That has not changed - today the basic human problems are still the same.''

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