By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger learnt the most about his side from this season's Champions League exit.

Arsenal were Finalists last term but they bowed out of this year's competition to PSV in the Knockout Round back in May. It was a disappointment for the club and one which brought criticism as the other English sides all reached the Semi-Finals.

In the weeks that followed their exit, Wenger's side struggled but they recovered sufficiently to secure a top-four finish at the weekend.

"I feel we have shown that we have the quality to be at the top," said Wenger. "And what we have to show is that we have the mental toughness and determination to be at the top.

"There was no better test than going out of the Champions League. Do we crumble now, do we fall completely, let it go?

"I learnt a lot about the players," he added, speaking before the weekend's game. "They stuck together and they were very successful in the first test. They showed that they can respond in adversity.

"What we have to show from now on is to be consistent in our determination.

"This season we have shown we can beat Man United, we can beat Liverpool, we have drawn at Chelsea and I'm confident we can beat them at home [on Sunday]. But what we've also shown is that we can lose at Sheffield United and Manchester City as well."

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Richard Clarke 2 May 2007