Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal’s clinical attacking after his side bounced back from last week’s trouncing at Anfield to dump Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski were enough to secure a quarter-final tie with Everton despite Brendan Rodgers’ side creating the better chances throughout.
Speaking after the match, the Frenchman underlined the importance of getting back to winning ways after two frustrating performances in a week.
“It was vital for us to respond to the disappointing performance we had against Liverpool last week. It was vital as well because we had an opportunity to go to the quarter-final of the FA Cup.
“I am very pleased with the intensity of our commitment and our response, our determination. You could feel there was a clinical desire in my team to take every opportunity to ‘kill’ them. That’s why it was a great game between two good teams, and overall it was a fantastic FA Cup tie. Many people questioned the FA Cup but like today it delivers a great football performance.”
Pleased with Yaya Sanogo’s performance on the occasion of his first start for the club, the boss praised his young compatriot and explained why he’d been selected ahead of Nicklas Bendtner.
“For a first performance he was excellent. He was always in the game, he was a handle for them. It’s his first official game basically, he played one game in the reserves for 60 minutes. Considering the intensity of the game, he was absolutely excellent.
“Bendtner works very hard, very well, but I wanted to give a chance to Sanogo, and I think overall the performance of Sanogo justified it. Bendtner is fit at the moment, and sharp.”