Arsene Wenger is already looking ahead to next season, with the Frenchman hoping to keep our fine run of form going beyond this campaign, as reported by FIFA.
We have once again fallen short of Premier League glory, although we look like finishing in a far better position than we have done in recent years.
Our form since the turn of the year has been sublime, and our fantastic winning run only came to an end when we drew with the new champions Chelsea.
Wenger insists that despite our slow start, he is pleased with the nature in which we are set to finish the season. He is hoping we can keep our form going heading into the 2015/16 season however, as titles are won with consistency, not short bursts of form.
“That is our challenge, to finish well and take that strength into the next season,” said Wenger.
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“The start of the season is linked with belief as well. We can just strengthen the belief by finishing well.
“I feel that we have made progress, so I look at it in a positive way because what you want from a team is to show during the season that you can grow together and become better.
“We faced a big challenge because Chelsea didn’t drop their level in the title race, and they were more consistent from the start until the end, and that’s why we didn’t catch them up. Overall, though, we feel we have made progress.”
Wenger went on to say that blame partially lay with injuries, insisting that our early season struggles were not helped by some post World Cup problems.
“Even then we still lost players like Jack Wilshere in November, and then again afterwards. We were not all together. So it took us some time to find a good balance in the team and we dropped some points because of that, missing players was certainly detrimental to our results.”
I am obviously in agreement with Wenger, and hope to see us performing at this level next season as well. I feel he should be more focused on finishing second and retaining the FA Cup however, with the end of the season still some way off.