Arsene Wenger was understandably delighted at the manner in which his side beat Manchester United on Sunday, describing how Arsenal “answered all the questions raised in the week”.
Arsenal scored three times in the first 20 minutes to end the match as a contest, the perfect response to midweek defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League.
Wenger expressed his happiness at the way in which his side started the match, overpowering United with pace and creativity.
“It was a strong response against Manchester United following our disappointment on Tuesday night,” Wenger said. “It shows the group is very united and very strong as well and from goalkeeper to No 9 everybody played very well, which is what you want.
“I believe in the [first half] we started very strong and decided to press very high and play with great pace, and we did that very well. After in the second half we decided to be disciplined, control the result and we did that very well. We had two aspects in our game that was pleasing and we were convincing today. It gives us a strong answer to all the questions raised in the week.
“I’ve been at the club for 19 years and I know what you want is a strong response in a big game when you have a big disapointment. But we [took it in] perspective and focused on what it is important. It’s us and not too much what was said and we focused on what is important in the game and that is part of being at the top level. The pressure on any disappointment today is massive and it’s maybe a little bit more difficult to deal with it but we did well.
Wenger also praised Theo Walcott for his role in the victory, starting in a central role.
“I must say Walcott had a hugely committed performance today in a hugely convincing way,” Wenger said. “He didn’t score but I like to praise the strikers when they don’t score and contribute and give assists.
“He was involved in two goals – Ozil’s and Alexis’ [second] one. He did really fight today and showed he can fight, commit and protect the ball as well. He is gaining some aspects of his game as a centre forward and they are improving.”
Arsenal sit second in the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference and two points behind Manchester City.