Arsene Wenger had expressed his relief after his Arsenal side beat Aston Villa 2-0, admitting he was anxious about the match.
Wenger’s side only arrived back from Greece on Thursday morning, but were too strong for Remi Garde’s Villa.
Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal’s goals, and both were singled out for praise by Wenger.
“I was a bit anxious today as we had given a lot on Wednesday and came back very, very late on Thursday morning,” Wenger said.
“I know that Villa was fighting to survive and it was maybe a set of important points to win against a team low on confidence. [At] 2-0 at half-time, I knew the second half would be more difficult and then they did well and there were some opportunities for Aston Villa, but we didn’t manage to score the third goal.
“Overall, it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry, I have already had a few bad weeks so it balances itself out a little bit.”
Wenger also praised Ramsey and Giroud for their performances.
“Ramsey had an outstanding performance today. I think of course he is naturally more of a central midfielder and I pushed him out wide for a while because I believe we have seen many times that when players are pushed against the line they need to shorten their technique. When they come back into the middle again, they are better players.
“I believe he is at the top of his game and he is questioned sometimes,” Wenger said on Giroud. “Finally, the numbers get people to realise he is a good player.
“He is more of a player who plays with his back to goal and brings other people in, so maybe he is spectacular individually with his runs without the ball. He is very efficient and a very important player for the team. He is also mentally very strong.”