Arsene Wenger hailed his side’s battling spirit after two late goals from Nacho Monreal, his first for the club, and Gervinho sealed a deserved 2-0 win over Michael Laudrup’s Swansea.
The three points helped the Gunners leapfrog Everton, who beat Manchester City earlier, into fifth and closed the gap on fourth place Chelsea to two points with Spurs only a further two points ahead.
Speaking after the match, the boss spoke with pride at the way his side had won two games and kept two clean sheets inside a week. “We know on the fixtures that this was one of the difficult games we had still to play,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“But we really wanted the win today and we kept going. The fact that our left-back scored the goal inside the box shows that we had the spirit, the desire and are up for the fight.
“I’m very proud of the players because they have given a lot at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, come home, travelled straight away and won again away from home. It’s never easy to do that.
“Winning a big game like that (against Bayern), of course, improves your confidence even if it is a frustration to go out. We were up for a battle in Munich and it certainly helped.”
The introduction of both Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho with twenty minutes to go certainly gave the Gunners a little more impetus in the final third, not something that has always been the case this season. Reflecting on the impact of the duo, the boss continued: “They had a good impact because we were starting to become a little bit tired. “But overall I think the team just kept going. I think it was the team that really wanted it today that have won the game.
“We’ve not always had that belief that you need at this level but the players were determined to give absolutely everything.”
The ball is now firmly in the court of our rivals as another Interlull arrives with all the timeliness of a bout of bubonic plague. Let’s hope the momentum we now have is maintained at the end of the month when relegation-fodder Reading arrive at the Emirates for the first home game in 35 days.