Arsene Wengerís hails team spirit to be the reason behind Arsenalís rejuvenation
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side is finally showing the fiery passion required to secure a top position in the Premier League. The Frenchman expressed satisfaction after Arsenal secured a 2-0 win over Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
In spite of keeping the lion’s share of the ball possession, Swansea City were unable to pose as real threats to Arsenal’s goal. On the other hand, Arsenal created a number of goalscoring chances. However, their first goal came through right-back Nacho Monreal in the 74th minute of the game. Gervinho added the second for Arsenal in injury time of the second-half.
“We will know at the end of the season how important this win is, but we knew as well the win was absolutely vital for us and we could not drop points today. We have shown we are up for the fight and we will do so until the end of the season,” Arsene Wenger said.
“The attitude of the players was outstanding, even when our legs were less than fresh after playing in midweek. We kept going and refused to drop points. The players knew what was expected. What we have done in the last three days is very difficult to do.
“To win away in the Champions League and then win away in the Premier League is very difficult and I would like to congratulate the players for that.”
Arsenal’s style of play under Arsene Wenger is primarily based on ball possession, but it appears to be changing as the Gunners can boast about rock-solid defense as of late. Arsene Wenger was delighted to see Lukasz Fabianski keep a clean-sheet. The Frenchman also praised Abou Diaby, who finally returned to Arsenal’s midfield.
“They defended well, as did we. It was a game of defensive stability and we just needed an opening and the first goal was vital,” Arsene Wenger added. “We defended high up the pitch and in the whole second half we tried to pin them back, but we did not create many clear chances until the last 20 minutes and once we went 1-0 up I thought more would come.”