By Nick Ames

Arsène Wenger acknowledges that the 2011/12 season has been full of ups and downs but has praised his side for its powers of recovery.

Arsenal started September in 17th position but have steadily climbed the table before a run of seven consecutive Premier League wins took them up to third place.

“The whole season has been eventful, from July onwards,” Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“We had negative periods, then a very positive game, then a negative one. We had a very difficult transfer market right until the last second of the window. Then we had a hard start to the league, a lot of scepticism around the team, and so the Club needed to be exceptionally strong to get through it.

“It was a good test of the mental strengths of the Club, the board and the players.”

Wenger pinpointed the 5-2 win over Tottenham as the game that boosted the Club’s resolve both inside and outside the dressing room.

“We have shown an exceptional response, togetherness and belief,” he said.

“I am very proud of that because certainly the way we came back against Tottenham strengthened that belief and also created optimism around the team again with our fans.

“That result also helped us to then come back against Liverpool and Newcastle. So it was a good test for us, and will continue to be until the end of the season.”

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5 Apr 2012