Arsenal showed strength – Wenger

19 Mar

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised the character of his side for keeping their season alive with a 2-0 win at Everton.


Arsenal: Arsenal showed strength - WengerArsenal: Arsenal showed strength - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised the character of his side for keeping their season alive with a 2-0 win at Everton.

First-half goals from Danny Welbeck and teenager Alex Iwobi were enough for a first Premier League victory in a month which came as a welcome relief after exits from the FA Cup and Champions League in the same week.

The Gunners remain some distance from leaders Leicester but they at least retain an interest in the title race going into April.

Wenger was delighted with the response from his side after the recent disappointments and he still believes the Foxes can be caught.

“The character of my players was questioned. We know if we don’t win today we were out of it. I think it was a mental test for the side,” he said.

“I am not masochistic enough to consider us out. Mathematically we have a chance and a game in hand at home. We are not the flavour of the week but if we don’t believe, no one will do it for us.”

Wenger also reserved special praise for 19-year-old Iwobi, the nephew of former Premier League star Jay-Jay Okocha, who opened his account for the club with a well-taken goal.

“He is an intelligent boy who loves football, is very passionate about the game, keen to learn and very humble as well,” he added.

“He is 19 years old and has been at our club since the age of eight. I took him in pre-season and I liked what he did. After that he improved very quickly. He did very well. I integrated him and played him.”

Defeat for Everton, their eighth at home this season, highlighted the inconsistency of their form which has blighted their campaign.

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