By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says the way Arsenal have come through adversity in 2011 shows the solidarity within the Club.

The Gunners have experienced some peaks and troughs over the past 12 months, but the manager firmly believes the positive reaction to their disappointments highlights the “special” nature of the Club.

“It has been a difficult year where we had ups and downs but overall we maintained the club at the top by qualifying for the Champions League, by qualifying for the last 16 in the Champions League, by coming back into a strong position having lost many players during the summer and having been hit by injuries,” Wenger told the Official Matchday Programme.

“It is a year that shows there is something special about this Club, that even when the boat is a bit rocked by a strong storm we can still maintain [a top] level and the solidarity in the Club has been fantastic. That’s why I feel 2011 in the future will be a significant year for the club.”

After an impressive recent run of form, Wenger is optimistic that 2012 will prove a productive year for Arsenal.

“We will be more stable, I am absolutely convinced about that,” he said.

“I have a very strong belief in the team we have at the moment. They have not won over everybody's hearts yet but they are settling in with the type of football we play. I am confident 2012 can be Arsenal's year.

The full interview with Wenger is available in today’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 31 Dec 2011