Wenger: Arsenal's hopes hinge on December home fixtures

The Gunners sit 12 points behind leader Manchester United in seventh place, and the Frenchman believes the next six games will make or break their fragile title challenge.
Arsene Wenger believes the next six games will make or break Arsenal's Premier League title challenge.

Wenger’s Gunners are in seventh place in the table and are already 12 points behind league-leader Manchester United, but they have played eight of their 14 matches away from home. With Arsenal playing four of its six matches in December at the Emirates, Wenger hopes his side can build momentum going into 2013 and close the gap on the United and Manchester City.

“At the moment the two Manchester sides [are top],” Wenger told the club's official website. “They have not been spectacular but efficient, and they have made the maximum of the chances they have created. For example, Manchester United have already lost three games and have lost in the Champions League as well. It is exactly what we have done, but they took more points and had less draws than we did. That has been the difference until now.

“We will come back. Now we have six games, four at home, and if we do well in this block I think we have a chance to come back. But of course it is vital for us to do well in these games.”

Wenger is also hopeful captain Thomas Vermaelen can play a major part in the Gunners' rise up the table after praising his performance against Everton on Wednesday. When Laurent Koscielny limped off at Goodison Park, Vermaelen was moved to his preferred role of center back and looked assured against Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic.

Wenger thinks that performance will give the Belgium international a much needed confidence boost after coming in for criticism this season.

“That will boost his confidence and hopefully get out of his mind what happened before when he was not completely confident," Wenger said. “He was physically sharp, confident, calm and important for us.”

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