By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal must build on Monday night’s victory at Reading during a busy Christmas period.

Santi Cazorla’s hat-trick, along with strikes from Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, fired Wenger’s team to their second Premier League win in a row.

Wenger was pleased with the performance but wants Arsenal to maintain their momentum and continue their climb up the table.

“It was very satisfying because we were under a lot of pressure before the game,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “We had to absolutely give a great response and win.

“We did it in a convincing way. At 4-0 we maybe subconsciously released a little bit of our focus and were punished straight away.

“But we found the resources to win 5-2. We created many chances, played great football and overall, the only we regret we have is that we conceded two goals at a moment when we didn’t want to concede them. It was a positive game.

“Let’s not forget in the Premier League, in the last six games we lost against Swansea and that’s it. We had a very positive game against West Brom. In between, we had that Bradford game that of course created a lot of unrest. What is important for us now is to go from strength to strength. We have a lot of targets and if [we] can continue to play that kind of game, we have a chance to come back.

“Football rewards teams [that] play quality football and that’s what we want to focus on. We now go to Wigan. It’s another difficult place but we can do well again. Hopefully we’ll get some confidence from the game today.”

Cazorla’s hat-trick was the highlight of what was a very satisfying display, and Wenger reserved special praise for the Spanish playmaker.

“He did very well tonight. He had many chances and didn’t always take them. He scored the most spectacular goals and he missed the easy chances. Today I’m happy that he scored in the box,” said Wenger.

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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18 Dec 2012