December 1, 2008

Arsene Wenger Hails Fantastic Arsenal Win

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was delighted to watch his side come from behind to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game the Gunners' boss admitted he was relieved to bounce back after two consecutive defeats. He said: “We are very happy because we are in a period in the Premier League when we had lost two games and to come here and win is fantastic for the team.”

A Johann Djourou own goal opened the scoring before Robin van Persie hit a brace to secure all three points, and Wenger praised the character of his side.

“We have beaten Man United, we have beaten Chelsea away and I believe that shows we have potential, we have character, fantastic character in this side,” explained the Frenchman, “We now have to be humble and come back tomorrow and work hard.”

Arsenal’s equaliser looked to be offside, yet in true Wenger-style he admitted he had not seen the incident.

“I do not want to score offside goals but I did not see that frankly,” he said before adding, “It can sometimes go for you, sometimes go against you.”

Whilst Chelsea had their fair share of possession they failed to test Manual Almunia and the Arsenal boss admitted they did not pose much of a threat. He said: “We felt the only goal we conceded we scored. We scored all the goals today. I felt we had chances, they had very little chances.”

The win moves Arsenal back into fourth place, seven points behind the Blues and Wenger confessed he felt his side fully deserved the win.

“We had the quality in the second half I think we were on top,” he said before concluding, “We had a bad period in the Premier League. We were 1-0 down and we still won the game there is no better test of character.”

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