Arsene Wenger praises Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell as Arsenal win again in Premier League
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team maintain their Premier League title challenge with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.
It was a fifth successive Premier League win for the Gunners.
The win keeps Arsenal level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal remain behind City on goal difference.
Speaking after the match, Wenger said.
“They took six points off us last year and that shows we’ve moved forward. The second half we were a different team. After we scored the first goal it was all us and there was only one winner on the pitch.
“I feel they offered a lot in first half, then technically we were on top and we upped our pace in the second half and from then on it was more difficult for them.”
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Gunners. It was the 2000 goal Arsenal have scored during Wenger’s 19 year reign as manager. On Giroud’s performance, Wenger said.
“That’s what you want [from Giroud]. The less we talk and more we play the better we play – that’s our job and that’s what he does.”
Joel Campbell made his first Premier League start of the season and responded with his first Arsenal goal. Wenger said.
“Joel Campbell took his goal really well and he is still a young player who had to wait for his chance. He’s adapted to Europe, been in a few leagues and come back and I like his team spirit and work rate. To show he can be on the end of things as well gives him a chance.”
Swansea felt that the second Arsenal should have been ruled out for a foul on Fabianski. Wenger said
“The second goal didn’t look a foul to me, honestly, but I have to watch it again as it’s difficult to see from outside.