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We have made progress – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side have become a mentally and tactically stronger team this season, after lifting a second successive English FA Cup on Saturday having triumphed against Aston Villa 4-0 in the Wembley Stadium Final, in what was Wenger’s sixth and a record-breaking 12th for the club, as well as securing third place in the English Premier League, the Gunners’ best ever finish since 2012.

The Final saw Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud get on the scoresheet, and with the North Londoners having lost just four times in 2015, Wenger was pleased with his side’s climax to the campaign.

“We think we have made progress,” the French boss told the club’s official website.

“We were in a bad position in January. We were seventh and there were not many people predicting we would finish the season like that.

“But we have made progress. We still have some things to do, I am conscious of that, but I am conscious as well that mentally and tactically we are stronger. And the technical quality is not bad.

“We have to show that next season and we want to do it. I feel that we have moved forward and people think always it’s about buying but it’s also about cohesion and cohesion is a very important factor that is a bit underrated usually by people.

“We have to keep that cohesion and maybe add quality. But the quality we have to add is in short numbers. But the other teams – how good will Chelsea be? Who will they buy? I don’t know.

“Chelsea surprised everybody this season with the start they had. They had a very balanced team with quality everywhere. I think we have made some ground up at the end of the season. Now it’s about the start.”

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