By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has urged the Club's fans to keep faith in their team this season.

Arsenal endured a difficult start to the campaign but have started to climb the Premier League table in recent weeks and have made steady progress in the Champions League and Carling Cup too.

Wenger has praised the supporters in recent weeks for their contribution to a run of seven wins in eight matches and he called for more of the same when he addressed shareholders at their Annual General Meeting at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

"Not many people at the moment are behind us, but I believe we can be a positive surprise so let's stand behind the team this season," said Wenger.

"We started at the Emirates this season with a very difficult environment because people were very sceptical, but they understood two things - firstly if they do not get behind the team we have no chance, and secondly they have realised that this team has the right attitude and spirit.

"Even during the difficult periods in the last few home games, the fans have been absolutely fantastic and behind the team. It is time to realise that, yes, times are more difficult, but yes we can still be successful under one condition, that we all stand behind the team, and are united.

"Then at the end of the season, we will see where we stand."

Wenger expects the same commitment from his players and he insisted that he has not given up on the prospect of a successful season.

“If we give absolutely everything and fight together for every single game in every single competition we can still look back at the end of the season and be proud of our attitude and what we have achieved," he said.

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27 Oct 2011