By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has pinpointed the two victories that transformed Arsenal's Premier League campaign.

The Frenchman has overseen a strong recovery after a difficult start to the season, guiding his team into the top four after Robin van Persie's stunning volley against Everton secured a seventh win in eight top-flight games.

The captain has already netted 15 times in the league this term but Wenger believes a goal from one of his other forwards changed Arsenal's fortunes after the international break in September.

"We play every game under massive pressure but maybe when Andrey Arshavin scored against Swansea [it was a turning point] - that was a game we absolutely had to win," said Wenger.

"After that maybe the [5-3] victory against Chelsea, that helped our confidence. And in the Champions League we did well too. We didn’t get any credit in the Champions League, but we played Udinese who were top of the Italian league, and finished top of our Champions League group.

"We never got credit because when people decide you are a bad team, you are a bad team. We have to work slowly and let people talk.

"We are a bit more mature," added Wenger. "We still want to improve our style and be faithful to our style.

"We had a fantastic game at Wigan last week so overall it was important to win the game on Saturday. Everton did very well to stop us from playing, they have very intelligent players."

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