Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal for passing mental test in win over Sunderland
Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
The win keeps the Gunners in second place in the Premier League table behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference. City won 4-0 at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion yesterday.
Whilst Liverpool remain in third place, behind Arsenal on goal difference, following their 4-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday.
“It was a mental test when we were at 1-1, said Wenger. We missed so many chances, so many opportunities, and I was worried we could lose – but we have shown great strength to bounce back.
In the Premier League at 1-1 you can lose the game but it was about how we responded. Do we panic, give up, feel sorry for ourselves? We responded well and in the end it was a comfortable win.
It was an important result for us. We had six wins, then one draw at home, which was disappointing, and a second draw or defeat would have been like we had dropped our level.”
On the decisive introduction of Olivier Giroud who scored two goals in seven minutes after coming on from the bench, Wenger added.
“The manager has an easy credit when he has quality players on the bench and you don’t need to be a special manager to make this decision. It was 1-1 and we had Giroud on the bench.”