Arsene Wenger says Arsenal deserved their 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and insists his side won’t take their their semi-final at Wembley for granted having been drawn against either Bradford or Reading.
Wayne Rooney cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s strike before Danny Welbeck, against his old club, scored just past the hour mark to secure a first away win for the the Gunners at United since 2006.
Speaking at full-time to the BBC Wenger said he was pleased for his summer signing after an all-action performance:
“Last year we played a tricky game at Wembley [against Wigan] in the semi-final and we expect that again. Tonight I thought we played well and deserved to win the game.
“We had to start without apprehension and play at a a high pace and we did that well. Danny Welbeck, I believe is just happy to score. He worked extremely hard today and deserved his goal.
“We live in the real world and want to compete in every competition. This result can give us good morale for the Premier League and the game in Monaco.”
Captain Per Mertesacker was similarly enthused by the result pinpointing the way the Gunners defended from the front as a vital factor. The German also revealed that Welbeck was a little muted in the dressing room having put his old club to the sword.
“In the second half there was a feeling we could get something out of it. The crowd got nervous, we were rewarded with the second goal and then we defended from the top in a special way.
“Danny Welbeck was a great player here at United, he’s a bit quiet in the dressing room at the moment. I think it hurts him a bit as well as he was here for a long time. We tried to get him going and to tell him he can enjoy special moments with Arsenal.”