Friday 23 February 2018

Wenger hails fighting spirit

Swansea 0 Arsenal 2

Arsene Wenger believes his side showed the fight required to secure a top-four finish in this victory. Second-half goals from Nacho Monreal – his first for the club – and substitute Gervinho ensured the Gunners remain firmly in the mix for Champions League qualification, with their rivals both in action today.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had struck the bar twice in the first half, before Monreal swept home with 16 minutes remaining after Olivier Giroud's poor touch fell into his path. Gervinho then made sure of the points in stoppage-time with a low finish.

And Wenger was delighted with the spirit of his players as they became just the third side to win at the Liberty Stadium this season. "We will know at the end of the season how important this win is, but we knew as well the win was absolutely vital for us," he said.

"We have shown we are up for the fight and we will do so until the end of the season. The attitude of the players was outstanding, even when our legs were less than fresh after playing in midweek.

"We kept going and refused to drop points. The players knew what was expected. What we have done in the last three days is very difficult.

"To win away in the Champions League and then win away in the Premier League is very difficult and I would like to congratulate the players. Swansea defended well, as did we."

Irish Independent

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