By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger believes that in order to progress next season Arsenal will have to be tighter in defence.

The Gunners conceded 41 goals in the Premier League last season, a total the manager believes is too high to win the title.

However, the Frenchman has also drawn plenty of positives from the recent campaign. Talking to the Arsenal Season Review DVD he outlined what he has taken from the season gone by.

"The positive I will take first is from the fact that nobody expected us at all to be in the top four at the start of the season," said Wenger.

"The fact that we finished third in the Premier League and qualify directly for the Champions League is a positive overall.

"The second thing I would say is even though everyone did write us off in the League, we still came back. We have shown strength of character, consistency in our motivation and tenacity.

"We finished with a total of 75 points. If you look back at the number of points we lost in the last month I believe we had 86 in our locker with everybody available. 

"So we had basically the potential to be champions this year.  And so that is overall the positives.

"[To build on that we have to] correct and wipe out the negatives. 
"In the positives as well is the number of goals we scored because that is quite higher than ever. 

"And when I say that positive I have to go straight away to a negative because of the number of goals we conceded is too high as well to win a championship. 

"So where we progress from there is quite simple - we need to be more steady defensively and concede less goals."

Arsenal FC Season Review 09/10 is on sale now from club shops and online priced £17.99.

2009/10 Season Review DVD

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10 Jun 2010