Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal’s improved defensive record and performances against the top teams has got the club moving in the right direction.
The Gunners’ win against Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday moved them to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester.
Despite Wenger’s squad being depleted by injury – with key players such as Alexis Sanchez and Francois Coquelin missing – they’ve managed to progress in the Champions League and sit second in the Premier League.
The Frenchman, who came in for criticism for not buying a single outfield player in the summer transfer window, has been pleased with the Gunners performances in 2015 and is confident his side is heading in the right direction.
“We lost our first game at West Ham so we weren’t sure we’d be here at Christmas,” the 66-year-old said.
“Football is pragmatic, no one can predict what will happen in the next 17 games for example. We go with the same attitude and spirit.
“If you look back at 2015, we have been consistent overall and have had quite a positive record. Stabilised our defensive record and improved against strong teams.
“We’re going the right way.”
Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey formed an impressive midfield partnership in the Gunners 2-1 victory over title rivals City and Wenger thinks their effort on the training ground is paying off.
“Flamini is a more defensive player and you compensate always, but its most important that the pair works together.
“In this partnership, they’ve adapted quickly and well.
“The cohesion inside the club is very important. The face they’ve practiced a lot together helps.”