Arsene Wenger has hailed his sides fighting mentality after winning today’s vital tie against Swansea 2-0.
It has been a difficult few weeks for the Gunners which was compounded by Wednesday’s Champions League exit despite a valiant victory, and they managed to translate their hard work from Munich onto the Swansea pitch with a battling victory thanks to two late strikes from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho.
The win moves Arsenal within two points of fourth placed Chelsea, and Gooners can be thankful for the introduction of both Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho who combined to finish off the tie at the Liberty Stadium
Wenger told Sky Sports of the importance of today’s victory:
We know on the fixtures that this was one of the difficult games we had still to play.
But we really wanted the win today and we kept going. The fact that our left-back scored the goal inside the box shows that we had the spirit, the desire and are up for the fight.
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I’m very proud of the players because they have given a lot at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, come home, travelled straight away and won again away from home. It’s never easy to do that.
Winning a big game like that (against Bayern), of course, improves your confidence even if it is a frustration to go out. We were up for a battle in Munich and it certainly helped.
[on the substitutes] They had a good impact because we were starting to become a little bit tired.
But overall I think the team just kept going. I think it was the team that really wanted it today that have won the game.
We’ve not always had that belief that you need at this level but the players were determined to give absolutely everything.