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Arsene Wenger on a positive year and bad luck with injuries


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says 2014 should be archived as a positive year for the Gunners.

Despite suffering heavy away defeats against Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton, Arsenal went on to end their nine-year wait for a trophy after beating Hull City in the FA Cup Final and the Frenchman wants more of the same from his players.

"Overall it [has been] a positive year, because we made 79 points last season and won the FA Cup," Wenger said.

"In the Champions League, we went out against Bayern unfortunately. But overall I think it was a positive year.

"This season, we'll see where we get. But I think we are some points short of what we could have achieved. It's time to catch back the points that we lost now until the end of the season.

"I feel it is nearly impossible that we will have the same bad luck on the injury front that we had in 2014. What is explainable in 2014 is that we had many players injured because they played in the World Cup."

The Gunners are currently 13 points off the top in the Premier League but Wenger says the target is not to focus on numbers but to win as many games as possible until the end of the season.

"We will fight to be as close as possible [to the top]," added the Frenchman.

"We are not in a mode of calculating, we are in a mode of 'let's go to the next game and win it'.

"You give your best and if there is a weakness in front of you, you want to take advantage of it. I don't know if there will be any weakness in front of us, but what I know is that we can give our best until the end of the season to have a chance to do it.

"I believe that there is a deficit between the potential we have shown and the number of points we have. That's what we want to get right. I feel we were very, very unlucky with the injuries we got. With the number of injuries we've had, we have survived quite well.

"But I believe that hopefully in the second part of the season, we'll have more stability, especially defensively, to be more consistent."

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