'We have shown persistence and tenacity'

A run of six defeats in 10 games between February and April was enough to test everyone connected with the club - but Arsene Wenger feels we have come out of it now.

Having beaten Middlesbrough and Leicester City in the Premier League, and reached a third Emirates FA Cup final in four years, our upturn in form has come just in time for the run-in.

Wenger has been pleased with the response his squad has shown, and says they will keep fighting in their bid to secure another top-four finish.

“The [last few weeks] have been very important, first of all because they tested our capacity to respond to a crisis of results,” he said. “The mental test was of course important.

“Also we got positive results where we needed to fight and deliver something special under very difficult circumstances, like the semi-final of the cup against Man City. That rebuilt some belief and reassured everybody that we have the mental strength to do it.

“I think we have shown persistence, tenacity and a desire to win and keep going at any cost. You could see what it means to the squad when we scored [against Leicester]. These qualities will of course be very important.

“We know it means a lot not only to our fans, but to us as well. We play for our future and we play to continue our run. We have clarity - we know what is needed from us until the end of the season.

“On that front, it’s quite simple to prepare. We will not sit back, we’ll try to go forward and win the game, because that’s what is wanted on our side.

“The only advantage in our position is we don’t need to calculate. We just need to give everything and to win our games.”


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