Arsenal's response to their mini-slump showed Wenger still has the full backing of his players

Arsene Wenger has proved something in the past few weeks.

After the Milan mauling in the San Siro, questions were being asked as to whether Wenger had taken Arsenal as far as he could.

The day after that humiliation, Wenger held a training ground inquest and tore a strip off the players. Two days later, they crashed out of the FA Cup at Sunderland and Arsenal were in meltdown.

But the last three games have shown that Wenger has got the full backing of the dressing room and the players still respond to him.

Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to beat Spurs 5-2, somehow won at Liverpool and then nearly pulled off a miracle against Milan.

If they can do that then finishing in the top four should be easy. It may not be as straightforward when it comes to keeping Robin van Persie.

But I fear Champions League football will be essential in that increasingly difficult battle so there is one hell of a lot at stake.

However, Arsenal can still make next season's Champions League and if they can do that then they have a great chance of signing the likes of Lukas Podolski.

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Wenger has proved there is life in the old dog yet and has another gem in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His adaptability and ability to switch inside to central midfield highlights his quality.

That was always the long term plan at Arsenal. But at just 18, Oxlade-Chamberlain has already shown he knows the role.

Arsenal still have a bright future under Wenger - especially with the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain coming through.

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