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Wenger hails 'remarkable' Arsenal support

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Arsenal players celebrate in front of supporters. (©GettyImages)
Arsenal players celebrate in front of supporters. (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the Arsenal supporters, who have been a driving force behind his side's improved form since February this season.

The Gunners boss was speaking after the club's final appearance at the Emirates Stadium in the 2011-12 campaign - a game that finished with a disappointing 3-3 draw against Norwich City.

Arsenal have sold out at home in every Premier League game this season, as well as three of their five Champions League encounters in north London.

Wenger has hailed the "remarkable and outstanding" support his players have received, as an invaluable source of encouragement, and motivation to succeed.

"I felt at the start of the season it was difficult for us and at some stages when you are really in trouble, everybody got on board and supported the team," the Frenchman told Arsenal Player.

"People are intelligent and they understood that when we were 17th or 16th in the league it could really all go wrong. From then on I felt that people at the Emirates were absolutely remarkable.

"Again in the last game against Chelsea where we were a bit in trouble, they were stood like one man behind the team. We have to be grateful this season because our fans have been remarkable."

Reflecting on particular games where the home fans acted like a 12th man for the players, the Arsenal manager earmarked the passionate derby against bitter rivals Tottenham, as a classic example of the vocal backing they have received.

"The Spurs game was especially good I think, we were 2-0 down and they stood behind the team," Wenger recalled. "In that game they had a fantastic input and a fantastic influence.

"The Milan game they were great as well. I was so angry after the game that we could not give them this fourth goal because they were absolutely outstanding.

"They were two great days for us and overall I believe that typifies what our fans have done this season."

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