Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s never-say-die attitude earned them what was, in the end, a comfortable 4-0 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League yesterday.
Paul Clement’s Swans battled hard early on in this top flight encounter but the Gunners’ strength, quality and persistence paid off to keep them in the running for the top going title.
Olivier Giroud scored the opener for the visitors on 37 minutes — his fifth goal on the spin — but looked to pick up an ankle injury in the process and was subbed later on and faces a lay-off.
Arsenal started with force after the break and two own goals, caused my mesmeric footwork by the excellent Alex Iwobi, handed Wenger’s troops a 3-0 advantage. Chilean firecracker Alexis Sanchez wrapped things up with a fourth, and was then taken off and showed frustration at Wenger’s decision rot replace him.
Wenger paid tribute to his stars but also had a world of comfort for the vanquished Swansea.
“We had some problems to get going but Swansea played very well in the first half. They were well-organised, they put unbelievable work in and certainly the second half we took over and they couldn’t follow the pace that we put into the game any more.”
“We were relentless until the end and much sharper in the transitions and more accurate and quicker in our passing. That made a big difference”.
“But I must say we were a bit fortunate with two goals and in their position of course it’s mentally difficult. But they should take some encouragement from their performance because they have shown in the first half that they have quality, and when you are down there, of course it’s a vicious circle because you lack confidence.”
“When you lack confidence you need a win and when you lose a game it’s even more difficult. I still feel they have enough quality to get out of it.”
Arsenal are back in Premier League action next Sunday when they host Burnley.