By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has a firm hand on the Arsenal tiller right now.

After the madness of that 5-3 thriller at Chelsea last Saturday, it is difficult to describe managing the Emirates Stadium side as "plain sailing" - however, the job is still rewarding to the Frenchman.

"I have enjoyed it very much [over the past few weeks] because I have felt the spirit in the dressing room was good and that the team would do absolutely everything to get out of [our situation]," said Wenger ahead of West Brom's visit on Saturday.

"It was tough because we didn't win games but it was enjoyable because you could feel the core strength of the team was very positive.

"However you never know in my job. It's like being on a boat which goes across the world. You never know when the next storm will come."

The 62-year-old pinpoints the narrow 1-0 win over Swansea as a key result.

"When we lost at Man United we had a break and then we played at home and won - just," he said.

"The turning point was not to lose two or three games on the trot because after that it is like being in quicksand."

Team news:

Arsenal - Gibbs (stomach muscles), Chamakh (knee), Wilshere, Diaby, Sagna (all ankle)

West Brom - Scharner, Long (both knee)

Ref: M Oliver

* Arsenal Football Club will commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day for the match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The entire Arsenal team will wear a special one-off shirt with a poppy embroidered into the Club's home kit for the fixture. In addition, there will be a period of silence before the game.

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4 Nov 2011