Date: 28th April 2017 at 11:21am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been praising the attitude and consistency of the Arsenal side as we respond to earlier poor form and Rob Holding has also come in for praise.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference as he met with the media, Wenger believed we were back on track heading into the Tottenham Hotspur game this weekend after the run of six defeats in ten games between February and April.

‘The last few weeks have been very important, first of all because they tested our capacity to respond to a crisis of results. The mental test was of course important. Also we got positive results where we needed to fight and deliver something special under very difficult circumstances, like the semi-final of the cup against Man City. That rebuilt some belief and reassured everybody that we have the mental strength to do it.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘I think we have shown persistence, tenacity and a desire to win and keep going at any cost. You could see what it means to the squad when we scored against Leicester. These qualities will of course be very important. We know it means a lot not only to our fans, but to us as well. We play for our future and we play to continue our run. We have clarity – we know what is needed from us until the end of the season.’

Asked about his approach to the game this weekend, he added.

‘On that front, it`s quite simple to prepare. We will not sit back, we`ll try to go forward and win the game, because that`s what is wanted on our side. The only advantage in our position is we don`t need to calculate. We just need to give everything and to win our games.’

As for 21 year old Holding in particular, the fact his omission from the line up for Leicester City saw some questions raised, Wenger knew was proof of just how far he had come this season in his development.

‘When we were in the situation where we decided to play him, you must have confidence in him. I believe he has a great future because he`s very intelligent and has a very objective analysis of his own performance.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘The biggest part in the improvement of a player is to be capable of analysing his performance in a very objective way, be a little bit harsh, and I think he has that in him. He`s very bright about what`s happening and he analyses very well and understands very well. He reads the game very well.’

If Laurent Koscienly is ruled out with him being a doubt, Holding is the obvious returnee but asked about formations, Wenger ended by saying.

‘It will be a good test on Sunday, even if I have not decided yet exactly in what kind of shape we will start the game. It`s a bit early to come to any conclusion, because we`ve only played that system for three games.’

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