By Chris Harris

This year's run-in feels different to Arsène Wenger because his team are on the way up, not the way down.

Arsenal challenged for all four trophies last season but, by this time last year, they had lost their grip on three of them in the space of 13 days and were beginning to falter in the title race.

As Wenger's side enters the final 10 games this term they are riding the crest of a wave after five consecutive Premier League wins. Unlike last season, a top-three is only belatedly on the agenda and Wenger believes that is crucial.

"It is different from last year because we had a lot of negative experiences then," he told Arsenal Player. "We were in four different competitions and we were knocked out in three in the space of two weeks, and you are only human beings.

"On top of that some results were really going against us, when you think about the last minute [equaliser] against Liverpool at home, you think about Tottenham when we were ahead.

"These two results killed the hope we had to play for the championship and from then on we felt, subconsciously, too secure that we were in the top four anyway. Once you don't go for the championship anymore it's different.

"This season it's completely different, we were completely out of the top four, we have come into it on a good run and now of course it is taking advantage of that momentum.

"We are on a positive momentum and last year we were on a negative momentum. That changes it completely. On top of that we have experience. There again, it is how much are you ready to give? How much commitment can you give in every game? How focused can we be?"

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20 Mar 2012