Wenger feels different this year

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Arsene Wenger has highlighted the difference between the run-in from last year and the current campaign, believing this year to be far more positive.


The Gunners boss was speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Everton in another crucial game to help them secure a Champions League qualification spot.


They have no won their last five game sin the premier League and the Emirates Stadium tactician believes his team have greater momentum going into the final straight than they did last year, despite only currently lying in fourth spot.


“It is different from last year because we had a lot of negative experiences then,” he told Arsenal Player.


“We were in four different competitions and we were knocked out in three in the space of two weeks, and you are only human beings.”


It was a disastrous end to the season for Arsenal and they slipped from second place and challenging for the title, to end up finishing in fourth during a very short time.


It did not end last season either; following the loss of Cesc Fabregas in the summer and Samir Nasri before the transfer window closed, the Gunners had one of their worst starts to a season for decades.


The recovery from this terrible start has been stuttering and they have only started to win consistently in the past few weeks.


They were at a season low when two goals down to Tottenham after just 34 minutes following abysmal losses to AC Milan and Sunderland in the FA Cup.


They came back to win that game 5-2 and have not looked back since, winning a record four games in a row from losing positions.


Wenger believes this turnaround is key to their hopes of Champions League qualification and feels the tone of the entire season can be changed by a good finish.


“We are on a positive momentum and last year we were on a negative momentum. That changes it completely. On top of that we have experience,” he added.


“There again, it is how much are you ready to give? How much commitment can you give in every game? How focused can we be?"

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