The Gunners moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a battling 2-0 win over high flying Southampton, with Olivier Giroud netting a brace at Emirates Stadium.
The North London club will now turn their attentions to Champions League action this week as they prepare to welcome Marseille to Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, and Wenger expressed his pleasure with the focus his team showed in a tight game.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
This win shows we are ready for a fight when it didn’t go as fluently as we wanted. That is the most pleasing thing. We were tested by being challenged for every single ball and we responded quite well.
We always had the focus and I could never feel that we eased off. They made it very difficult for us.
We could see a good togetherness to help each other out. We knew that we were sometimes in trouble and you felt that they were ready to fight for each other.
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That is the solidarity level that was needed. It’s very important.
It was vital for Arsenal to bounce back after their defeat to United a fortnight back, and despite the fact that Gunners weren’t at their best against the Saints they still ground out the result and were a big threat at times.
We were quite unlucky early on as Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey hit the post, but against a very well disciplined and hard working Southampton side we didn’t really create the kind of chances we expected to. But the thing I like most about the team this season is that when we don’t play as well as we can, Wenger’s side can still get a result from the games that in previous seasons we’d almost certainly have dropped points.
Arsenal have made a wonderful start to the season and there is no reason why we cannot dream of winning the title, but it’s a little premature as there is still a long way to go. If we can maintain the current form and sign a decent striker in January then I see no reason why the dream can’t become a reality.
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