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Wenger - March form shows that we grow

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's traditionally fine form in March could be linked to squad rebuilding.

The Gunners have picked up an average of 2.27 points per Premier League match in March since Wenger took charge in 1996, while their least productive month is November with 1.6 points per game.

Arsenal have found their form in spring once again with six wins in their last seven league games - and the manager thinks he has an explanation.

"We don't target the month of March," he insisted. "Sometimes it's a coincidence of results and sometimes a coincidence of fixtures.

"But I believe our team has always developed a way to play that makes them stronger throughout the season. That's maybe one of the consequences of it - that we go from strength to strength.

"We should not forget that, in recent seasons, we have started with young squads who have learnt first during the season, or with squads who have been disturbed because we sold players and we had to rebuild a team.

"Of course it takes a while to get into a good momentum [after that]."

With thanks to Opta

Month-by-month Premier League record

Month P W D L F A GD Points Points per game
March 60 42 10 8 106 39 67 136 2.27
October 60 37 15 8 122 55 67 126 2.10
April 72 43 21 8 152 62 90 150 2.08
September 57 34 16 7 118 51 67 118 2.07
February 59 34 15 10 106 55 51 117 1.98
December 92 52 25 15 161 86 75 181 1.97
August 53 30 13 10 106 52 54 103 1.94
January 63 33 20 10 117 53 64 119 1.89
May 48 27 9 12 96 57 39 90 1.88
November 67 31 14 22 111 86 25 107 1.60

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