Premier League: Wenger looking for 12th win out of 13

By JEREMY LAST
October 7, 2007 04:53
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Arsene Wenger is again proving himself to be a master squad builder. Despite the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona in June, the team has had a great start to the season. The Gunners have won every single game in the league, cups and Europe aside from a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in mid-August. Their next test comes on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium against Sunderland who are managed by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane. The match is one of eight games in the Premier League, which include third from bottom Tottenham's visit to fourth placed Liverpool and Chelsea at Bolton Wanderers. Wenger on Friday paid tribute to Keane, a player who was a thorn in Arsenal's side in his playing days. "I was impressed with what he did last year," Wenger said at a press conference. "He took on the club in a difficult position and turned it round in an extremely convincing way. This year the challenge will be different. It is very tough for a young manager and if he copes with that he will certainly have a great career in management." Spurs boss Martin Jol has been under increasing pressure and won't find things easy at Anfield. Jermaine Jenas and Dimitar Berbatov are both expected to start for Tottenham while Israeli Yossi Benayoun will be hoping to score his third of the season for the Reds. Israeli defender Tal Ben-Haim has been relegated to the Chelsea subs bench since Portuguese center back Ricardo Carvalho returned from injury. But the 25-year-old will be hoping to make an appearance against his old club. Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele picked out striker Nicolas Anelka as one of Bolton's most dangerous threats. The France international has been in impressive form of late, scoring in the last two games for his club. "In the league for me he is one of the best," Makalele told Chelseafc.com http://Chelseafc.com> . "He is quick, sharp in front of goal, a good player, he has everything. He's one player Chelsea need to be careful of for 90 minutes."

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