Wenger salutes 'special' side

Arsene Wenger urged his Arsenal side to trust in their quality after a 5-2 derby win took them above Tottenham in the table.

Last Updated: 18/11/12 at 08:23 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Recent defeats to Norwich, Schalke and Manchester United saw confidence plummet at the Emirates, and another difficult afternoon appeared on the cards when old boy Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs ahead.

But the striker was sent off for a high challenge on Santi Cazorla - "not rose, not yellow - red", according to Wenger - and Arsenal raced into a 4-1 lead before coming through a second-half wobble to match February's derby scoreline.

Wenger said: "We came back into the game and got what we wanted, which was to win. It is not always easy against 10 - we have won games with 10 men.

"I thought it could become even more difficult because they could have dropped back and waited for us, but we had the quality and movement to play through their lines and create chances.

"There were some outstanding individual offensive performances. In the second half you could see that the confidence was not completely still there, I hope that this result will help us.

"Because we are a team who likes to go forward, when the confidence drops, your game suffers straight away. It was important for us to get back into some positive results, to get back to our level.

"This team has something special - they want to do well and they have quality. We have to find stability in our expression and we need some more time to work on that, but there's something special in the team."

Wenger laughed off opposite number Andre Villas-Boas' claim that Spurs were outstanding throughout, saying: "If our opponents are in control from the first to the last minute and we win 5-2, then I don't mind too much."

Arsenal's final goal came from Theo Walcott, who started a league game for just the third time this season as talks over a new contract continue.

Wenger said: "I believe he is doing very well. I haven't changed my mind on him. I always said I want to keep him and we try to find an agreement.

"We haven't found it yet but we'll continue. He doesn't play like somebody who wants to go and I don't behave like somebody who wants him to go, because he plays."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe back running after untimely knee setback

Jordon Ibe remains hopeful of a return to the Liverpool first team this season after returning to light training at Melwood this week.

'Fine' Akinfeev grateful for support

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their support after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd against Montenegro on Friday night.

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 79 seconds into his debut appearance.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company