Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that he now has the most experienced squad the club has had in the decade since they left Highbury for the Emirates Stadium, hinting that this current squad has the mental strength to go all the way in the Premier League.


"I think we are more experienced than the teams I had when I moved into the stadium here," Wenger told Arsenal.com this week.

It has long been said that the Gunners, while very technically capable, are missing that extra grit, determination and general knowhow to win trophies consistently at the highest level.


"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," the Frenchman conceded.


That has started to shift in recent season, though, with the FA Cup making its way to the Emirates in 2014 and 2015. Wenger has now assembled a squad that is still full of talent, but one that can also lean on the older players from time to time as well.


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"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," Wenger went on to explain.


Discussing the narrow and hard fought win over Newcastle at the weekend, the boss commented, "I must say [you see] another aspect of your team in a game like that.


"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."


Many people viewed that 1-0 win as a possible watershed moment for this Arsenal team. It is exactly the type of game that past Gunners sides, perhaps as recently as two years ago would have dropped points in, but Saturday's result moved the class of 2015/16 clear at the top of the table instead


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