Arsène Wenger believes defensive authority was a key component in his side’s impressive 2-0 victory against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
A solid defensive display, plus an excellent performance from the returning Lukasz Fabianski, ensured Arsenal kept a clean sheet at the Allianz Arena against a team that went into the game as the tournament’s top-scoring team.
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Wenger was pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his team and is hoping they can take momentum into their final 10 Premier League games of the season.
“If you just consider the night, you can only be proud of the performance of the players,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “If you consider the two legs, of course it’s disappointing because we’ve gone out and paid a heavy price for the goals we conceded at home.
“I believe that last night we played with determination, authority and cohesion. We won a big game. Let’s be inspired by that for the rest of the season.
“We showed more authority in the duels. We were more on the front foot and less on the back foot.
“A part of it is mental when you defend as well, to show that you’re there to be respected and I think we did that very well.
“We were on top of them in our duels and if you multiply that by 10, on the field that makes a big difference.”Copyright 2013 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 15 Mar 2013