Sunday, 16 March 2014

Wenger: We showed we could win while not being "super dominant"

Arsene Wenger has praised his side's defensive qualities following their first north London derby win on enemy soil in seven season.

The Frenchman pinpointed the side's ability to keep a clean sheet in his 999th game as Arsenal manager as the reason the Gunners left White Hart Lane with all three point this afternoon.

Wenger's men are now third in the Premier League with the same amount of  points as second placed Liverpool but an inferior goal difference.

But after his team recorded their 13th clean sheet in the Premier League this season, the Frenchman said:
"We showed resilience, spirit, togetherness and we absorbed a lot of pressure from Tottenham today.
"I think down to the fact we scored an early goal so we were a bit in between protecting our lead and as well didn't take advantage enough maybe of our counter attacks, especially in the first half and as long as we didn't score the second goal you are of course under pressure. 
"Overall I believe as well Tottenham played well. They had a very good game and we needed defensively, especially today, to be special.
"The result is the result. If you look at the clear cut chances, we had better chances. They had better possession today, a lot of domination. And I agree that we had not our usual possession. But that's down to yes their effort, to their commitment but as well you have to give credit to our defensive quality. 
"We played Everton, Bayern, today and mentally every time it was three big games. To go to Bayern, to come here, to beat Everton at home in the cup, it demands a lot of focus and a special spirit and that is what we've shown here today. 
"From time to time it is important to know you cannot be super dominant in a season and to win games when you're not is of course important and you know that when you manage football teams."
 The Frenchman now concedes that the title race is now open following Chelsea's defeat at Aston Villa in Saturday's late kick off.

Wenger said:
"It makes the next game of course very interesting and the win of Liverpool at Manchester United and the fact that Manchester City won as well it makes it very, very interesting."
Next weekend Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge in Saturday's lunchtime kick off, while title rivals Liverpool play are away to Cardiff and Manchester City play Fulham at Middle Eastlands.

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