Arsene Wenger has admitted his team were nervous yesterday as they got their first Premier League win since October, but says the three points should help restore some belief ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League tie with Olympiacos.
Goals from Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey helped secure victory, but Arsenal had Petr Cech and some poor Sunderland finishing to thank too.
Afterwards, the manager said that recent iffy form had been a factor, along with the amount of changes to the side enforced by injury.
“It was our first game without the injured players and we absolutely had to win,” he said.
“We played against a difficult team who were well organised and good on the break, so all the ingredients were there for a disappointing result. Because we hadn’t won for three games people would have said we were in a crisis, so it was important to get the win.
“We were a bit edgy, a bit nervous, in the first half but in the second half we played with more freedom, fluency and incisiveness which is how we won the game. It was a tough one and if you look at the results in the Premier League it was like that.”
And the Frenchman was taking the positives ahead of European action this week.
“It’s been a good day for us, because we have won the game and that makes helps us prepare for Olympiacos,” he said.
“Secondly it puts us in an interesting position again and that’s all positive. The squad that was out there for Sunderland – the good news is that we won and that we don’t have any injuries.”