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Wenger hails senior significance

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the performances of the club's experienced players has helped them revive their season.

After slumping to seventh in the Premier League, Arsenal have won seven of their last eight to launch themselves into the Premier League's top three, with Champions League qualification all but secured with seven games remaining.

The Gunners face a true test of their resolve when they face Manchester City this weekend, where the club's experienced heads will again be called upon to produce.

“Personally I never question the attitude of this team, which I may have done in some previous years,” Wenger said.

“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 Vermaelen, Arteta, Song, Sagna – I don’t want to leave people out but the senior players have played a big part in setting the tone in the squad.”

Despite having 17 different goal scorers in the Premier League this season, the most in the division, the club have often been labelled a one-man team given the form of top scorer Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has often been the difference for Arsenal this season, notching 26 league goals, and closing in on the magic 30-goal mark, a feat last reached by Crisitiano Ronaldo in 2008.

Wenger says having Van Persie in their ranks gives the club great belief they can win any game.

“It keeps the spirit high,” he added.

“When you are suffering, you are ready to suffer a little bit more knowing that you just have to find one chance and there is a guy there who can win us the game.”

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