Arsene Wenger was quick to praise the spirit and character of his side after a third injury time win in four Premier League matches.
Following the wins at Sunderland and Liverpool, Arsenal left it very late to claim all three points against Newcastle this evening, and the manager says it’s a sign that this is a team that will fight all the way to the final whistle.
Speaking at his post game press conference, Wenger said, “That is the best response to something that has been questioned sometimes this season. I believe that shows we have quality, we have spirit, which I have never questioned.
“It was a relentless effort again tonight from the first to the last minute. The tempo was absolutely top level tonight. We kept going until the last second and just managed to win the game.
“Certainly the fact we have done it before helped us. Even when we were 1-0 down we just kept going and we feel now at the moment in the team we just have that complete and total commitment to do as well as we can and give absolutely everything.
“We played recently against Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sunderland who are all very difficult to beat and we won all of these games. We know every time it was very tight and we won in the last minute in three of them.
“There is definitely complete commitment in every single game. Where we finish is down to how we keep going and if we put that same amount of effort into every single game.”
Asked if he was confident of catching our North London neighbours, the manager rightly took the focus off them and back onto us, saying, ” I don’t focus on Tottenham. I feel what is at stake for us is our commitment and that’s all we want to do.
“I don’t compare us to any other team, I just think we have rebuilt confidence and belief and that will be vital in the race until the end.
“It can change very quickly because as soon as you lose a little bit of urgency you are in trouble in this league. So let’s focus on keeping that and after we will see when we finish.”
And on the team and how they’ve reacted, he said, “The atmosphere is great within the squad, and tonight it was exceptional in the dressing room because the pleasure is even more intense when you win in the final minute of the game where you have given everything.
“It’s very important that we keep our feet on the ground, keep our complete focus and give absolutely everything until the end.”
He might not then have called Alan Pardew a twat but in our heads he did.