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Wenger credits experienced players

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's experienced players have helped them through their rollercoaster season.

The Gunners have endured a tumultuous campaign full of highs and lows, although they now look set for a top four finish against the odds. However, defeats earlier in the campaign against the likes of AC Milan and Sunderland led to questions over the side.

"Of course you question yourself, and you question what you can do about it, even more than you do when all is going well," Wenger told this month's Official Arsenal Magazine. "I don't want to leave people out but the senior players have played a big part in setting the tone in the squad."

He added: "When things are going well the players the press and the fans all have more certainty, and so it's easier.

"But it's these moments when experience helps, because it's important not to question and change the wrong things. How do you know what is right and what is wrong? Well you just try to analyse the situation as well as you can.

"We do that as a group in the coaching team of course, and as well I go home and think about things by myself.

"Part of the job is to make decisions, and in the end somebody has to do that. You have to be decisive - it's better to make a bad decision than no decision at all."

He continued: "Personally I never question the attitude of this team, which I may have done in some previous years. But this season, never. I've always returned home thinking this team will never give up, they are always ready for a fight.

"I must say Robin van Persie has done an outstanding job of leading the team, as have many players - people like [Thomas] Vermaelen, [Mikel] Arteta, [Alex] Song, [Bacary] Sagna."

Wenger concedes it has been an "eventful season" from July onwards and one that has tested the mental strength of all involved with the club.

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