Date: 4th January 2016 at 9:34am
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When Arsenal decided to build The Grove it was wildly noted that The Gunners were going to have to operate on a very tight budget for the foreseeable future.

Arsene Wenger did a mighty job of not only bringing in and developing players whilst sticking to the budget AND actually making a profit, but he managed to maintain Arsenal`s lucrative spot in the Champions League.

Many bemoaned the lack of silverware during this time (yes, even me) but as we`ve seen in recent season it`s an incredible hard job to not only keep your spot in the CL but to get there in the first place.

Now the stadium is all but paid off and the purse strings have been loosened we`ve seen Arsene spent some of the loot he`d so wisely put away on players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech.

These types of players have added significant experience, strength and leadership to this Arsenal squad which is now mounting probably it`s strongest title challenge in ten years despite an injury list which would have crippled most teams.

Arsene Wenger says this is his strongest squad since moving to The Grove.

“I think we are more experienced than the teams I had when I moved into the stadium here, on our day we could play everybody off the park and when you had to dig deep you experience it was a bit more difficult. It was different.”

“Now, the experience, the quality of their attitude, the team always has the charisma. If you look at the team as a unit, it is like person. If you look at your team like a person and the vibes that are coming out – you can sense in this job if you feel it or not.”

“I must say [you see] another aspect of your team in a game like [against Newcastle]. It is more the mental aspect – you fight, don`t panic and wait for your chance. We were more questioned on that aspect than the way we played football.”

“I also believe that everyone else`s organisation has improved. What is even more [surprising] is physically you won games in maybe the last 20 minutes when you were superior technically. That is not the case anymore.”

‘When you go forward, the team against you in transition always has the resources to come out and kill you. Look at the players who come on. They always have the quality to finish you off when you go for it. That is something new.”

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