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Published: 11:40 | 7/2/16

Wenger hails Foxes' lack of 'big names'

Arsenal boss feels success without huge spending possible

Arsene Wenger has drawn attention to the fact that Leicester City are leading the Premier League without having any 'big names' - and believes this is making them the neutrals' favourite.

Claudio Ranieri's side moved five points clear at the top of the table after recording a stunning 3-1 win at Manchester City.

The result also finally saw the bookmakers take the Foxes' surprise title bid seriously as they moved to make them favourites to succeed Chelsea as league champions.

Arsenal face Bournemouth later on Sunday where they are looking for the victory which would cut their gap to the top to five points and as Wenger paid tribute to Cherries boss Eddie Howe, he also had special words of praise for Leicester.

“Of course [neutrals would root for Leicester]," he said. "And it’s natural. It’s normal.

“The advantage they have until the end of the season, apart from our fans and the City fans and Tottenham fans, the rest of the country is behind Leicester.

“You reproach me about not buying big names but you will support the team who have no big names.

“When I see his [Howe's] team play, they play well and you see he has done a great job there.

“Leicester are a bit like Eddie Howe, you know. I think it’s great to see that. That’s why you ask me always ‘why do you not buy a big-name?’

“But Leicester are a fantastic example that football is not only about just spending the money.

“It’s the quality of work and it’s important to think that the quality of the work can get you there. Leicester are a very good example for our league.”

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