The Gunners boss has highlighted his team’s 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium as a turning point for the club’s campaign.
Arsenal fans were treated to another season of promise, without a realistic title challenge being consistently put forward - but the signs are there that the Gunners can be in the hunt for top spot in 2015-16.
One of the biggest positives that the Emirates Stadium faithful will take away from the recently completed season will be their side’s record against the other top teams in the division.
The North London side have traditionally struggled against other sides in the top four, but this season recorded a number of telling wins on their journey to finishing third.
Arsene Wenger has highlighted this point in the aftermath of the campaign’s conclusion.
The French boss feels that the 2-0 win that the Gunners recorded against outgoing champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium was the most important victory of the season and started a chain reaction of improved form.
“I felt that a hurdle we had to overcome was to win against a big team away from home, so to win against Manchester City was an important moment,” Metro quote the long-serving manager as saying.
“You could see the consequences afterwards. We won in the FA Cup at Manchester United in a very convincing performance, we drew 1-1 there too and that was a very important point for us to finish in the top three.
“Maybe the start of the strengthening of the team’s feeling was at City.”
Arsenal fans will hope for a number of new acquisitions over the off-season and for a strong start to 2015-16, which could well have the Gunners in the mix come May.