Wenger enjoying Arsenal momentum
Published 12/04/2013 | 07:56
Manager Arsene Wenger has warned the best is yet to come from his Arsenal side over the closing weeks of the Barclays Premier League campaign.
Following a string of frustrating inconsistent performances during the first half of the season, Wenger's men are now finally producing the required standard on a regular basis as they look to secure Champions League football once again and have won seven of their last nine Premier League games.
Should the Gunners men beat Norwich then they would go third and Wenger said: "I believe our team has always developed a way to play that makes them stronger throughout the season. That is maybe one of the consequences of it - that we go from strength to strength."
He added: "We should not forget that, in recent seasons, we have started with young squads who have learnt first during the season, or with squads who have been disturbed because we sold players and we had to rebuild a team.
"Of course it takes a while to get into a good momentum [after that]."
With Per Mertesacker not available through suspension, captain Thomas Vermaelen is set for a recall, having been benched since the defeat at Tottenham.
Wenger, though, has hailed the attitude of the Belgian defender, who took the skipper's armband following Robin van Persie's summer sale to Manchester United.
"He took it in a remarkable way [when he lost his place]," the Arsenal manager said. "He is a great man and I didn't make him captain by coincidence. I knew there is something mentally special there.
"Vermaelen responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don't play.
"They know there could be rotation with the three centre backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player. He [Vermaelen] took that remarkably well."