By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger says Saturday’s win over Swansea has restored confidence in the Arsenal squad ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund.
The Premier League newcomers proved stubborn opponents at Emirates Stadium but an instinctive finish from Andrey Arshavin was enough for what was a much-needed three points following a difficult start to the campaign.
Wenger admits it would have been nice to give the fans an emphatic victory following the 8-2 defeat against Manchester United but was pleased to get a win ahead of the trip to the German champions.
“Of course the confidence is back now,” he said. “We just had not won yet in the league and that had played a big part in our heads.
“You would have loved to give an emphatic win back given what happened at Old Trafford but you just have to fight your way back. The players just wanted to get over line and get three points.
“We wanted to score a second goal and that didn't happen but you need to not make a mistake. The problem comes in that you play more to prevent mistakes and need to create chances but sometimes that is how you make mistakes.”
Swansea have yet to score in the top-flight following their promotion from the Championship but Wenger is sure goals will come in time.
“For me they are technically a good side, almost perfect,” he said. “They are sound at the back, don't concede many but have to act now if they will score. They looked dangerous, especially on the flank .
“I think they have enough quality. I looked at the numbers and think so. They remind me of Blackpool, they play not restricted and with a good technical level.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source