Arsene Wenger has paid homage to Robin van Persie’s leadership skills and stressed that all of Arsenal’s senior players have played a role in getting the club back on track after a rocky summer.
Reflecting on the highs and lows of the last seven months, the boss also made clear that at no point has he felt let down by the attitude of his squad despite some disappointing results peppering the season.
“Personally I never question the attitude of this team, which I may have done in some previous years,” Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
“But this season, never. I’ve always returned home thinking this team will never give up, they are always ready for a fight.
“The whole season has been eventful, from July onwards. We had negative periods, then a very positive game, then a negative one.
“We had a very difficult transfer market right until the last second of the window.
“Then we had a hard start to the league, a lot of scepticism around the team, and so the Club needed to be exceptionally strong to get through it.
“It was a good test of the mental strengths of the Club, the board and the players.”
Paying special tribute to the more experienced members of his squad, Wenger spoke warmly of the way their fine example has had an effect on the rest of the squad.
“I must say Robin van Persie has done an outstanding job of leading the team, as have many players – people like Vermaelen, Arteta, Song, Sagna – I don’t want to leave people out but the senior players have played a big part in setting the tone in the squad.”
“We have shown an exceptional response, togetherness and belief.”
You have to hand it to RVP and the other mature heads in the dressing-room, they’ve certainly helped steady the ship and inspired a newfound belief not just on the pitch, but in the terraces. That being said there’s a job still to be done and it’s clear for all to see. There are seven games to go, 21 points up for grabs, a third place finish to be secured and Spurs to be put in their place.
Let’s not fuck it up now.