Wenger warns: Arsenal will be even better

Last updated at 16:18 12 May 2004

Arsenal may be on the brink of claiming a place in football folklore but boss Arsene Wenger still believes his immortals-in-waiting can improve next season.

The Gunners are just one game away from completing their Barclaycard Premiership campaign undefeated with Saturday's match against Leicester providing the final obstacle to a place in the history books.

Should Arsenal win or draw at Highbury, they will become the first English side to negotiate a league season unbeaten since 1889 - a remarkable achievement from a team which has cantered to Premiership glory.

Unique feat

Wenger declared after last weekend's 1-0 triumph over Fulham at Loftus Road that such a feat would provide his players with "immortality" and would never be accomplished again.

But even with such a prize within the club's grasp, the ambitious Frenchman is already looking ahead to the next campaign - and insists there is more to come from Thierry Henry and co.

"I feel we can get better and better. That is my target," Wenger told the club's official website, www.arsenal.com

"I am happy because we have won the Premiership title and the FA Cup three times since I have been here. We have been consistent, we have kept the results going and the quality has risen.

"But we have to start again next season. If we lose two games at the start then we know everybody will be saying we are nobody.

"Maybe if I was 20 years younger I would have said 'OK let's take it easy'. But I have enough experience to know we have to be ready for it from the first day."

Arsenal claimed the third league title of Wenger's reign at White Hart Lane, the home of arch-rivals Tottenham, over two weeks ago but the club has yet to receive the Premiership trophy.

Trophy presentation

That honour is being saved for Saturday at Highbury where Gunners fans will be able to see skipper Patrick Vieira lift the silverware, which will also be on show during the victory parade around Islington a day later.

And although Wenger will be basking in the glory of his latest achievement along with his players, as soon as the celebrations have finished he will examine his own personal ambitions.

"I love to win and I love to improve. I would like to think that next year I will be a better manager than this year," he said.

"I will be looking to avoid repeating the same mistakes, getting more out of the team, pushing higher up, being more consistent with our quality and doing things that have never been done before.

"You just want to get as much out of the club as possible and it's that challenge which keeps you going."

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