By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger will spend much of this summer analysing why Arsenal could not "get over the line" this season.

The Frenchman saw his squad challenge strongly for four trophies only to fall at the final hurdle in the Carling Cup, lose in the latter stages of the Champions League and FA Cup and see their title bid quashed at the start of May.

Wenger will take positives from the campaign but the search for silverware goes on and he admitted to feeling downcast ahead of an FA Cup Final he would dearly love to be involved in.

"I feel very flat, we wanted to be involved in the FA Cup Final of course," he said. "It is very frustrating for us, it is a frustrating situation because we were very close in every competition.

“We do not feel that we under-performed overall because we were in the Carling Cup Final, the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup against Manchester United and we lost three days after losing at Barcelona.

"We produced quality games and at the end of the day there are objective signs for us that show we have the quality. We are the best away team, we have the best defence in open play, we have been very close in the championship to win that.

"We just felt we could not get over the line and we want to analyse very well why.

"We feel we have made up some of the gap between us and the top teams from the seasons before - we are top of the mini-league of the top four clubs of Man United, Chelsea and Man City. So we have every reason to be frustrated."

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13 May 2011