Wenger: Arsenal’s Resurgence a Result of Last Season’s Horror Finish

Arsene Wenger has said that his team’s recent run of good form is a result of their failures in the 2010/11 season.

Arsenal were on the verge of ending their six-year long trophy drought at this time last season when they faced Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final. But in a surprising turn of events, they lost that match and their confidence took a serious hit. The Gunners crashed out of two more cup competitions in the next two weeks and were able to win just three of their remaining 14 matches.

Last month, it had seemed that they might be on the verge of experiencing a similar kind of destructive finish this season too when they lost 4-0 to AC Milan in midweek and then crashed out of the FA Cup on the subsequent weekend against Sunderland. But instead of suffering a meltdown like last year, Arsenal bounced back in style and put together a run of four consecutive wins that have brought them to within a point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on the Barclays Premiership points table.

In Wednesday’s interview with the club’s official website, Wenger recalled: “We were in four different competitions and were knocked out in three in the space of two weeks. You are only human beings. Two results (back-to-back draws with Liverpool and Tottenham in mid-April) 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. On top of that we have experience. It is a key time. The fixtures are difficult for Arsenal, for Chelsea, for Tottenham. It is so fragile that it is just down to the next performance. Therefore that is what you want to focus on. We had a little bit of a breather, so it is important for us to focus again and keep the momentum going.”

Arsenal’s recent revival owes everything to their fighting spirit and their newfound ability to recover from trailing positions. In all of their last four league matches, they have conceded first, only to come back from behind and claim all three points. While some might think of it as just good luck, Wenger believes that it is down to their never-say-die attitude and willingness to fight until the final whistle.

“Every time, we have shown outstanding spirit. It’s not fantastic for your emotions, but overall when it finishes well you accept to suffer. If that’s the price we have to pay, we are ready. But you just want to continue with the same attitude, because I don’t believe in luck too much on that side of the game. If you come back, it is because you fight, and if you fight, you have a chance to come back, so let’s fight first,” he added.

27 Comments on "Wenger: Arsenal’s Resurgence a Result of Last Season’s Horror Finish"

  1. That’s BS. Arsenal are just lucky and they know it. Soon your luck will run out.

  2. One nil to the Arsenal; one nil to the Arsenal; one nil to the Arsenal.

  3. Don’t react to them, apart from Mashman these cunts wouldn’t know where the ground is, they are plastics, not worth reacting to, they support Arsenal about as much as I do, they even post in from America dreaming of visiting The Emirates..it aint hard is it, the place always has 13.000 empty seast, get on a flight if you care that much, yes we are eating large humble pie, huge slices of it, but i’m only prepared to eat it from mashamns hands the rest of you can fuck off ! you are jokers and probably cheer on Norwich..Mashman I kneel before you slap my head with your helmet, hands up, I’m here for a raping but only from you !..
    you are a proper fan and I can handle it from them all day long..it’s pricks like JIN I can’t handle and Jenny !

    • Been a fan of the Arsenal since 1974, and you are a wanker. You brag one week and act like a spoilt tart the next. Go on Barnet’s blog and tell them what a wonderful club you support. 50 years and counting.

      • yeah a fan or attend matches regularly..im not bragging im giving up some free stuff for you to munch on, Spurs don’t compete with Arsenal never have never will, it is my club though and I love the yids, we aint plastics !..we know we are a laughing stock, but fuck me you aint half riding your luck at the moment..it can’t last it is impossible to last..players miles onside given offside, scezney aimlessly kicking balls to the opposition, all the old traits are still there you are just not being punished for them at the moment..and Ramsey ? jesus christ does the C**t earn a living at the game..couldn’t hit his cock on a 25 stone whores chin..useless !

        • A regular fan, attending home and some away. Stuff to munch on, when did somebody who gives a f*ck nominate you as knowledgeable about football ? 
          You’re getting beaten well and truly, what’s there to argue about?

          • stop replying to me then you cunt !..you can’t resist it can you, right in my palm you are..munching away like a pigeon on the feed..

          • arsenalbob | 22/03/2012 at 18:53 |

            Why don’t you fuck off you prick. You talk shit because you are shit, just like your shit club. Stop using up screen space on an Arsenal site. Wanker.

          • munch arsenal nob munch

          • arsenalbob | 23/03/2012 at 14:56 |

            5-2, 50 years and counting, Suck on that.

    • Winding again bigs? You claim to be such a fxxxing expert but who cares? Supporting a club for how ever long is of no importance neither is their/my knowledge of tactics, form or any other such crap you think makes one fan superior to the next, you’re f*ck all mate. We love our club for our own reasons through thick and thin, some may be “plastics” but we all have them…errr rephrase…succesfull clubs that is.

      • shit though isn’t it that you cant be arsed to watch them, if you are passionate and really care you get there !! simple as you get there !..it means so much that you have to be there..mashman won’t like siding with me on this but he knows im right..no excuses get there !!!

        • Ah, the diversionary tactic, shift the emphasis from the scum collapse, nice try. I get there when I can mate but I earn a living the hard way unlike you.

    • Not going to gloat Bigsy. We are improving but we arent there yet. You mention luck below but that can be misconstrued also. We have had at least 5 stonewall penalties turned down this year. We also had offside goals scored against us, Liverpool at home springs to mind. Then we have had goals against us from shots going out fo throw ins that are deflected such as Sunderland in the FA Cup. So the luck can go either way and they say you earn your own luck.

      My take is that your squad is very small and that is proving to be your downfall. As well as Harry’s piss poor tactics and substitutions. You should back your team always as you do on here. But dont then knock fans on here who do the same.

      I think we will finish top 4 now and hopefully 3rd. Both of these will disappoint me overall, but I see promising signs for the future and that is all I can ask for as a fan.

    • 13,000 empty seats….not according to Football 365 stats.

      Actually Arsenal have a higher attendance percentage than the spuds
      with a much larger capacity to fill.

      http://stats.football365.com/dom/ENG/PR/attend.html

      Obviously you’re able to back up your statement!

  4. I see the spud troll has crawled out of his cave again, still spouting the same old garbage as though anyone cared  what the foul minded saddo thinks. 

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