The talking points of Arsenal's current season… the vast personal improvement made by Aaron Ramsey, the defensive cohesion fostered by Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and the stunning £42.4m capture of Mesut Ozil, are not mentioned by Arsene Wenger as he listed the two highlights of his calendar year with the Gunners.
For Wenger, the club's conclusion to the 2012-13 season ranks high. Partly because of how far behind the Champions League qualification places the club were, say, this time last year, that it was seemingly an 'impossible achievement' and partly because it represented a trait that is hard to achieve in modern football - the ability to be consistent.
Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: 'A high point, even though I understand people can say we over-celebrated, was when we won our last game at Newcastle because it was at some stage an impossible achievement.
'It maintained the club in the Champions League and to have such a consistency at that level meant it was one of the highlights of 2013.'
Out of all clubs in England, there were none who collected more points in 2013 than Arsenal.
'[Another] highlight has been the fact that we have been consistent and have come back into a strong position in the Premier League. After having struggled last season to fight for the championship we are back in the race and that is what we can keep from 2013.'
Consistency, though, is not silverware in itself and the Frenchman acknowledged that in order to truly be recognised, his stars would need to continue maintaining that consistency, all the way to the season's end.
'We want to transfer that trend into 2014 and to have a great race for the Premier League title.'
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