Arsene Wenger was pleased with the solidity of his team’s performance in the 2-0 win over West Brom, after what has been a difficult week for the club.
Two Mikel Arteta penalties won the day for Arsenal, who could have scored plenty more after glaring misses from Jack Wilshere, Gervinho and Lukas Podolski, and the manager was delighted with the three points and the clean sheet.
“I feel overall we played well,” he said. “We were a bit lucky maybe on the first penalty because he could have given it or not given it. For the rest we created many chances, kept a clean sheet and have shown a great spirit, which many people questioned after our last game.
“That’s all we could do, we did our job very well. That’s why I am proud of the victory today, because it is important for our season that when your backs are to the wall, the team responds.
“As well because our spirit has been questioned because we had a flat performance last week. You can only come back and win on the football pitch.”
And there were some words of praise for Jack Wilshere who had an excellent game in midfield, and with each game is getting better and better.
“He is getting closer to the player we know he is and today I think he made a big step. You could see it already this week in training, that he has gained a little burst again, a little zip in the first three or four yards.
“That’s what you have to accept in football, you have sometimes to be patient. He can only gain it by playing but of course in the first games you cannot be at that level.”