By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes his Arsenal side have found success this season partly by curbing their "cavalier" nature.

The Frenchman's 15-year reign has been characterised by carefree, flowing football. His new side still play the 'beautiful game' but, once the points are assured, they are content to 'close-out' matches.

"I would say we are a bit more controlled and less cavalier," Wenger told Arsenal Player last week.

"We are less adventurous when the job is done, I must say. You can feel that there is some reserve there if needed. In the second half against West Brom we just kept it serious without going overboard. Overall I would say it is a more mature attitude.

"We were more functional. We did the job properly, with quality and, I must say, with seriousness."

The policy is working; in their last 11 games Arsenal have scooped nine wins and a draw. It has silenced most of their early critics. Not that the manager is concerned.

"At the moment I feel we are more focused," he said. "Saying 'look I am right' is less important for me than trying to continue the quality of our team and our results.

"There is still room for improvement so we are focused on that. I am convinced we have been right but what you want is that people who love Arsenal are happy and I think at the moment to do that we still have a job to do."

The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.

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14 Nov 2011