Wenger assesses Arsenal's current condition and selects a key area of progress

Arsene Wenger is full of positivity ahead of the game against Manchester United and looking ahead to next season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained at his press conference ahead of the Manchester United game that he feels the club’s away form is a sign of progress.

Arsenal haven’t lost an away game since the club was defeated in the North London derby by Tottenham Hotspur way back in February and the boss has also suggested a win against United will create some ripple effects looking ahead to next season.

“Our recent away form has been very strong and that's always a sign of a team who is in progress,” he said.

“To win at Old Trafford again would convince us that we have the strength and help us be stronger next season.”

In terms of progress this season, it’s important that the club does finish second behind Chelsea in the Premier League.

That would represent an improvement on recent league finishes in the Premier League and would also mean no need for the club to qualify for the Champions League, as they would be in the competition automatically.

In terms of the significance of beating United this weekend, it’s one of the smaller factors which will shape next season but it will be important in terms of the confidence and belief in the team.

It’s a chance for the Gunners to show that they are still a level above Louis van Gaal’s team, when United will consider this season progress because they are likely to finish in the top four.

The more important factors which will shape Arsenal next season will come in the transfer market, but the side has a great chance to cash in on the FA Cup win away at United earlier in the campaign.

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