By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen have been vital in shaping the team’s positive attitude this season.

Arsenal are currently enjoying their best run of the campaign, winning their last seven Premier League fixtures to significantly boost hopes of a top-four finish.

Van Persie and Vermaelen have been hugely influential on the pitch and Wenger has hailed their integral role off it too.

“I don't believe in coincidences,” he told Arsenal Player. “Certainly it is impossible to measure but they have certainly been an influential part in that with many other players who have a good spirit as well. The captain is the leader of the team and of course they have played a vital part in that.

“I believe that the whole team dynamic was very strong, very positive and that had a massive impact. We were going through difficult periods and we recovered because the players never gave up in the dressing room and that was a vital part.

“I feel overall this has been one of the best seasons in the dressing room. We will see where we finish but I am sure of one thing; we will give our best until the end of the season.”

Experience was a common characteristic of Wenger’s summer arrivals and the Frenchman believes the likes of Mikel Arteta - as well as the team’s longer-serving players - have been influential.

“They know how difficult it is to be successful and how difficult it is to be consistent,” said Wenger. “We forget players like Sagna, Walcott is maturing now and they have all played a big part.

“I must say that the spirit has always been good but the results have not always been as good as expected, especially at the start of the season.

“The spirit was never in doubt for me. What could be questioned was how good we could be and what was the quality of the team. I am happy now that we have answered this question in a positive way.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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30 Mar 2012