Wenger looks to next season

first_img Press Association Wenger said: “We had big injuries at the start of the season, after the World Cup, and that we only got our squad together more recently. “Even then we still lost players like Jack Wilshere in November, and then again afterwards. We were not all together. “So it took us some time to find a good balance in the team and we dropped some points because of that, missing players was certainly detrimental to our results.” Manager Arsene Wenger believes the test of just how far his Arsenal squad can go will come next season. The Gunners have been in superb form since the turn of the year, winning 17 from 21 matches with a quarter-final Champions League exit to Monaco the only real disappointing result. Wenger’s squad could yet end up second in the Barclays Premier League and secure a successful defence of the FA Cup with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley on May 30. It will be, though, how well Arsenal are able to kick off the new campaign in August which Wenger feels is to decide the direction of the team, having paid a heavy price for such a slow start in the title race this time around. “That is our challenge, to finish well and take that strength into the next season,” said Wenger, whose side are not in action until Monday night at Hull. “The start of the season is linked with belief as well. We can just strengthen the belief by finishing well.” Wenger believes Arsenal are in a better shape now than 12 months ago, but that much hard work still lies ahead. “I feel that we have made progress, so I look at it in a positive way because what you want from a team is to show during the season that you can grow together and become better,” he said. “We faced a big challenge because Chelsea didn’t drop their level in the title race, and they were more consistent from the start until the end, and that’s why we didn’t catch them up. “Overall, though, we feel we have made progress.” England forward Theo Walcott believes Arsenal could mount a sustained title challenge in 2015/2016 provided they can keep a clean bill of health. last_img read more

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Another candidate jumps into 49th District race

first_imgAnother candidate has stepped forward to run for the legislative seat now held by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.Hazel Dell resident Lisa Ross, a Republican, announced this week that she’ll seek the second House position in the 49th Legislative District.“I was not planning on announcing my candidacy this early,” said Ross, 47. “My leadership team and I want to be fair to the voters, however, especially the Republican voters. They need to know that they have a choice. I am happy to be that choice.”Republican Carolyn Crain announced earlier this month that she’ll also seek Moeller’s seat in the 49th District this year. Crain unsuccessfully ran for the position in 2012.Moeller, 58, has been elected six consecutive times in the Democratic-leaning 49th District. He serves as House speaker pro tempore. Moeller has indicated he’ll run for re-election again this year.Ross, a certified public accountant, said that taxes, jobs and education were among her top interests. During an unsuccessful run for a seat on the Vancouver Public Schools board last year, Ross opposed the Common Core standards now being implemented in Washington schools. “I want students to be able to excel,” she said.Ross opposes the Columbia River Crossing project, and light rail planned as part of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. Though Washington has pulled out of the CRC, Oregon legislators are still mulling an Oregon-led version of the project before their session convenes next month.last_img read more

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