By Richard Clarke

Wojciech Szczesny was happy to ‘win ugly’ on Saturday.

Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Everton will be remembered much more for the Club’s 125th birthday celebrations than the 90 minutes itself. Arsène Wenger’s side struggled to breakdown a stubborn visiting team and were thankful for Robin van Persie’s superb strike 20 minutes from time.

However, the Arsenal keeper was perfectly content with the day’s work, even if it was hardly based on the flowing football the home fans have come to expect.

“We said in the dressing room that it is good to win ugly every now and then,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player afterward. “We did not create a lot of chances and missed a couple in the first half. But we stuck together and got the all-important winning goal.

“It is vital to win these kinds of games - especially in December when there are a lot of matches and it is easy to drop points.”

The victory means Arsenal have picked up 22 of the last 24 available in the Premier League. It is a fine run but one that will be sternly tested when they visit leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

“It is very important that we keep going now,” said Szczesny. “We believe that we can win every game.

“We have a massive game against Manchester City coming up. They will be favourites this time but we are confident we can go there and get the three points.

“It is probably the toughest game of the season but people were saying that last year and we won 3-0. We hope to repeat the performance and hopefully the result as well.”

You can watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player now.

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12 Dec 2011