Monday 15 February 2016

Arsenal were relentless against Leicester- Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger hailed his side's relentless energy as Arsenal came from behind to defeat 10-man Leicester 2-1 on Sunday. Danny Welbeck who was making his first appearance for the Gunners in 10 months scored a dramatic injury-time winner at the Emirates to restore hopes of a first league title in 12 years as he glanced in a late free-kick to move Winger's side to within two points of the Foxes at the top of the Premier League table.

Wenger praised his side's attitude after coming from behind to win saying “I just wanted to make sure that we kept our relentless energy, keep going until the end and keep created chances to have an opportunity to come back. I believe that we put the right level of intensity from the first minute to the last minute in this game. We were mentally strong because being 1-0 down against a team of that calibre and coming back is very difficult. We finished the game with four strikers and Mesut Ozil playing as a deep-lying midfielder. We had to take all the risks to win it and, in the end, they didn't have the energy to come out and that helped us created chances”.

Leicester had earlier taken a first-half lead through Jamie Vardy, who scored his 19th league goal of the season from the penalty spot after being brought down by Nacho Monreal. Danny Simpson was sent off for the visitors with 35 minutes remaining in what proved to be a major turning point in the game, with Theo Walcott equalising 15 minutes later. Arsenal started the day five points behind Leicester but victory ensures they remain in the thick of the Premier League title race.

About the victory and the impact made by Danny Welbeck, Wenger said “It keeps us in it, with many other teams so let's see. We came out of a bad spell with four games without a win but now we've won two games on the bounce. After that bad spell, still being in with a chance, is a good result. Hopefully, the result today strengthens belief in the team that we have a chance. “For him it was a fantastic day. At his age, to be out for ten months is difficult.  I had a hesitation until the last second to put him in the squad. In the end I trusted the impression I got from his training sessions, so we thought, 'OK, we'll put him in”.

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