Arsene Wenger gave a glowing assessment of his side’s gritty performance against Sp*rs and hailed Olivier Giroud’s growing impact after the Frenchman capped an all-action showing with the first half winner.
Tackling the press after the 1-0 victory, the boss joked that the prospect of a high-profile striker joining the club (something which now looks unlikely) appeared to have spurred his compatriot to step up his game.
“You [the press] spent a lot of time in finding another striker for us! Maybe that woke something up in him.
“I like what he did today, because technically it was good, he had a huge physical presence. He looked to me today that he had a exceptional quality performance of a real centre forward.”
Mathieu Flamini, thrown into the action just before the break in place of pooey-pants Jack, was also singled out for his impressive ‘debut’ given his lack of match practice.
“I said it was a no-brainer [to sign him],” continued Wenger.
“I am just sorry that he did not cost £25 million! Overall his performance was exceptional. He hasn’t played since May but his performance was very convincing.”
Naturally very pleased to have secured his 19th league victory over Sp*rs and to have gathered further momentum with a fourth successive victory, the boss also spoke glowingly about his squad’s team spirit.
“It was a very important game for us. It was our fourth game in two weeks and I knew in the last 20 minutes we could suffer a bit physically. But overall it was a convincing win in a very intense game.
“It was a bit uneven technically, we had moments where we lost some balls that we don’t usually [lose], but in the end we hung on.
“There were aspects to our game that people are not used to seeing from us – that means commitment, desire, defending. Their keeper was their best player, and that shows we had the chances to win really comfortably.
“This team has lost one game since March in all competitions. You don’t do that with an average spirit.”
A fine day at the office all round…now all eyes turn to the transfer market. Is there a boggly-eyed German cherry on top? Arseblog News can but dream.