The Gunners ended their nine-year trophy drought this month thanks to their FA Cup final triumph over Hull City and have also managed to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
The Poland international expects Arsenal to only get stronger under Wenger, after a season in which he believes they have developed well.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
We’ve been fighting and not a lot of people believed in us at the start of the season. But we stuck together and played very well for most of the season.
I think the character is one thing you cannot question with this team. We dropped out of the title race and some point but I think mentally we showed some great strengths.
Defensively, except for the three or four games away from home, we were terrific. Also the improvement of the young players, I think Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere when he was fit have shown improvement.
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Laurent Koscielny has been one of the best centre backs in the league and we added some strength with the signing of Mesut [Ozil]. I think for myself, I’ve had probably my best season so far.
I think the most positive thing is that there’s a lot of improvement and there is still a lot of room for improvement.
The Gunners were very close to the title at the start of the year but fell short thanks to their traditional spring collapse. A closer glance at the league table shows that Wenger’s side were not as far behind as many thought, a handful of reversed results could have seen them fighting it out at the very top of the table, rather than securing fourth.
There’s no doubt that the Gunners have quality and if they can manage a full season with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott consistently fit, then they will be a threat to anyone. There’s no denying injuries have certainly played a huge part in Arsenal’s demise.
This shows that they already have the base to build an excellent team and Wenger will know he needs to go out and make additions in the transfer market this summer. The North London club would benefit from adding a reliable goal scorer and it appears as if the manager will have to add few defensive reinforcements too, owing to the expected departures of Sagna and potentially Vermaelen.
The other area they must improve is to get results in the big games as the heavy defeats at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea this season have proved very costly. Their pre-game preparations need to analyzed as for a number of big matches they’ve been blown away from the first whistle. It’s perhaps the need to get over a psychological hurdle to beat some of the Premier League’s elite sides, hopefully their FA Cup win can provide the necessary confidence to show they have the winning mentality others have suggested they lack.
We can only improve next campaign as the core of the squad looks to grow and flourish as they have for periods this season gone.