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Arsène Wenger has provocatively described Manchester United as “a bit lucky” this season, but accepts that they could now emulate Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ team of 2003-4, although with rather less style.

United could become only the third club, after Preston North End in 1888-89 and Arsenal, to complete an entire season undefeated in the English top flight if they remain unbeaten in their last 17 games.

Wenger, though, pointed to their 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion as an example of a game when they had been fortunate and agreed that Manchester United have not matched the style of his legendary team of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires.

“Do you ask me if they can still do it?” said Wenger. “Certainly, because they have not been beaten yet. Have they been a bit lucky until now? Certainly, but we’ll see. I believe it is too long to go to say they will do it but you cannot rule it out.”

When it was put to him that United have not performed with the same style of Arsenal in their unbeaten season of 2003-4, Wenger said: “Yes, but they are solid defensively at the moment more than offensively. So at the moment they get through games. You saw the game against Tottenham [last Sunday]. They managed to play 0-0 and Tottenham is a difficult place to go.”

With Arsenal only two points behind Manchester United, Wenger stressed that the overriding motivation for both clubs this season was still to win the Premier League.

Manchester United face Arsenal at the Emirates on April 30 and have other difficult fixtures to come at Chelsea and Liverpool.

“You really think about winning the championship,” said Wenger. “With five games to go, you think, ‘we can add something to that’ but you don’t think about that [going unbeaten] with 17 games to go. If they have five games to go and they are still unbeaten come back to me and I’ll say, ‘now they can do it’.

“For me, it’s very difficult to speak about this because it makes quick headlines. And, overall, I’m more concerned by our own performance. What is important is to beat Man United and, with the run they have, we have only a chance if we do exceptionally well until the end of the season. They have a difficult schedule as well.”

Wenger also expressed his confidence on Friday that Samir Nasri, who has arguably been the Player of the Year across the entire Premier League, would sign a new contract during the summer.

“I am confident because I believe that he knows he is doing well here and he is in a big club,” said Wenger.

“Why should he want to leave? The recent statistics have shown that the players who stay at the club where they are successful have a bigger career than the players who move every two years.

“I had always a positive impression about Nasri from his start at Marseille. He was 17 years old in the first team and had an impact like [Wayne] Rooney had.

“The flexibility of his hips is similar to [Zinedine] Zidane but Zidane was a different player. Zidane was more a guy who creates openings through his skill. Nasri is more direct.”

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