After watching his side battle to a late win over a stubborn Portsmouth side on Sunday afternoon, Arsène Wenger spoke to the media about the display.

The manager agreed that it was a "relief" to come away with a victory before paying tribute to match-winner William Gallas.

He discussed:

  • picking up three crucial Premier League points
  • his side’s ‘mature’ performance
  • getting back into the top four
  • the importance of Gallas’ late header
  • the contribution of the crowd
  • his decision to leave out Robin van Persie

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