Arsène Wenger says the mental qualities shown by his team in Saturday’s victory against Swansea City must be a blueprint for the rest of the season.
Nacho Monreal’s first goal for the Club, plus Gervinho’s stoppage-time effort, secured an important victory in the hunt for a top-four finish less than 72 hours after Wednesday’s Champions League win at Bayern Munich.
Wenger was pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his side in south Wales and says they must adopt a similar approach in their last nine Premier League games.
I have had some great teams but for any team to go to Bayern and come to Swansea and win 2-0 - two places where it is difficult to keep a clean sheet... you need something specialArsène Wenger
“We dug in even when the legs were heavy,” said Wenger. “You could see Santi Cazorla, for example, was exhausted in the last 20 minutes but he still kept going and overall I am very pleased with the spirit we have shown and the solidarity we have shown.
“I have had some great teams but for any team to go to Bayern and come to Swansea and win 2-0 - two places where it is difficult to keep a clean sheet... you need something special, especially in four days.
“I always said that it is more down to belief because the solidarity and the commitment is there - I see that every day.
“We are ready for a fight on what we have shown today. Let’s keep that high because they are qualities that will be needed until the last day of the Premier League season.”Copyright 2014 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 17 Mar 2013