Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to his back three following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Burnley, and said he demanded more from his side at half-time.
The Gunners second half performance in which they dominated territory ultimately led to a mistake at the back, James Tarkowski’s foul on Aaron Ramsey which provided Alexis Sanchez with the game winning moment.
Afterwards, the Arsenal manager pointed to his three centre-halves as key performers on the day.
“We kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“We won 1-0, but I’d like to congratulate our three centre-backs again today, because they did a remarkable job.
“I give us a merit today because we didn’t concede a goal. Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half.
“We kept our heads and in the end we got the penalty that we wanted.”
Wenger’s half-time chat sparked an improvement in the second period, and despite not scoring Arsenal were on top for those 45 minutes plus the two minutes of injury time.
“The first half was an even game but in the second half it was all us,” he continued.
“We changed our organisation a bit at half-time and I told the players that we were at 80 per cent of what we could do.
“We had to get more out of ourselves in the second half and I think we did that much better.”