Arsène Wenger says Arsenal have been through "a sensitive period" but have emerged from it stronger than ever.
The Frenchman has seen his squad finish the campaign well with six wins and two draws from their last eight games. A place in the Champions League is within reach if the Gunners continue their fine form against Queens Park Rangers, Wigan and Newcastle.
Few were backing Arsenal for a top-four spot at the turn of the year and Wenger admits that his new-look team needed time to gel. The manager has had to absorb the loss of key players for the past two summers but believes the Club is now well-positioned on and off the pitch.
"I believe that this club is today in a very, very strong position and has gone through a very sensitive period in a very intelligent way," said Wenger.
"After that, everything is here to have a great future. We have a good fanbase, we have now a strong financial situation, we have good young players and a squad with a bright future with the quality of the young players we have. It is just [important] to manage it well now."
Wenger's own role in Arsenal's future was in the headlines this week and his position remains unchanged on that.
"The only thing I can say is that I do my job with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty," he said. "I try to do as well as I can for this club. I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job.
"The club is in a very strong position for the future. For the rest, my own person is less important, what is important is the future of the club.
"I respect my contracts," added Wenger. "Every football game excites me and football in general still excites me. My love for this club as well. I want to stay if I do well and if I consider or the Club considers that I do well, that is all."
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3 May 2013