Ramsey came off the bench to net the winner during injury time, and Wenger believes that the Champions League hasn’t always been kind to him after suffering unlucky circumstances in the past. However this luck may be about to change as the Frenchman strives to turn Arsenals season around.
We haven’t always been lucky in this competition. But my three subs combined for the goal. That makes me lucky.
We lost a late goal to Dortmund and we lost the Champions League final (to Barcelona in 2006) in the final 10 minutes with 10 men.
We have made a little step forward but we have to be humble. We are a team who has to continue to grow. It will help our confidence.
If you look back at the last five or six games, you will see only one defeat. We are slowly getting there. This result will help.
Man of the match centreback Laurent Koscielny has challenged his colleagues to repeat their defensive performance from the Marseille trip for the rest of the season, and has hailed his blossoming partnership with German international Per Mertesacker.
He told Arsenals official website:
We played as a real unit. We did the job together and defended well as a team. To defend well, it’s not only down to the four defenders, it’s the whole team.
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We did it well on Wednesday night so I cannot see why we could not do it at every game. We have to convince ourselves that we can repeat this kind of defensive performance. We proved in Marseille that we can do it and our keeper didn’t really have any big saves to make.
We knew that if we created spaces behind their defence we would have some good chances and we kept our belief until the end. We are top of the group now but there are still a few more games to be played for. But we are on a good run, we have built some momentum and we need to continue.
[on his growing partnership with
Mertesacker] Personally, things are getting better and better with Per.
He is a very experienced player, he is an international player, he knows what the very high level is about. We know that the English league is very different than the other European leagues and there is always time to adapt. Soon he will become a key player in this team.
Signs are indeed looking up for the Gunners ahead of their home fixture against Stoke City this weekend, where they have a chance to get back to back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season. If the defence can indeed stay impenetrable like on Wednesday then the season will be a lot more promising. However I feel like we need one more right back or centreback that can allow Koscielny to cover for Sagna/Jenkinson. Gary Cahill in January perhaps?