Wenger: Do talking on the pitch

Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to continue to let their football deliver all the answers in the quest to stay top of the Premier League.

Last Updated: 03/11/13 at 15:53 Post Comment   

Arsene Wenger: Keen to keep Gunners firing

Arsene Wenger: Keen to keep Gunners firing

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

The Gunners produced the perfect response to the midweek Capital One Cup exit at home to Chelsea with a cohesive display to defeat Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and move five points clear.

Wenger's men, who had been well beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League a fortnight ago, weathered some early pressure from the Reds before Santi Cazorla fired them in front on 19 minutes with a well-taken finish after his header hit the post.

Aaron Ramsey cracked home a sublime second goal, his 10th of the season, on the hour to secure an eighth Premier League win for the Gunners, who head to Germany for a crucial European tie next week before travelling to Manchester United on Sunday.

"I felt conclusions were a bit too quick this week, it was only one game," said Wenger.

"We live in a world where you are questioned. The only response we can give is on the football pitch. I said that many times and that is part of our job.

"I am pleased we have won a big game at home, I think it was important for the future."

Arsenal managed to shackle the threat of in-form Reds strikeforce Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who were never really allowed to gain any ground in the final third.

There were, though, some moments of concern for the Gunners, notably when Jordan Henderson waltzed through their half and into the penalty area before horribly scuffing his shot.

Liverpool also had a goal ruled out, which would have made it 1-1, after taking a free-kick too quickly for the liking of referee Martin Atkinson, while Suarez - the subject of two summer transfer bids from Arsenal - also brushed the outside of the post and then dragged a late chance wide.

However, Wenger's men also stretched Liverpool's three-man defensive line, with Ramsey denied by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Olivier Giroud chipping just wide in the second half.

"You could see that the (confidence) level is high," said Wenger, who will check on the fitness of Jack Wilshere after the England midfielder missed out against Liverpool because of an inflamed ankle.

"We had a great defensive solidarity, we were always quick and sharp going forward, and that is the kind of game we want to play.

"This win will increase the level of confidence in our group and it will maybe convince some sceptical people that we have a chance at challenging for the title."

Wenger knows Arsenal cannot afford to rest on their laurels if they are to meet the challenges of November head on.

"We go from game to game, we have Dortmund on Wednesday, it is another big game," the Gunners boss said.

"We are in a position where we want absolutely a result and the win over Liverpool puts us mentally in a better condition."

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny feels the players showed they have the needed mentality to stay the course this season.

"We knew it was a very important game for us, we knew that winning this game would mean a lot and create a gap in the table at the top," the Poland goalkeeper said.

"If you look the consistency of our performances, recently you can see that we want to challenge for the title this year.

"You can see with the quality of our performance that we are up for it."

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property