Wenger on the win, character, Cazorla

Arsene Wenger faced the media following his side's 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion. This is what he had to say:

on the performance…In the end our solidarity got us through when the legs went in the last 10 minutes. Maybe we were a fraction lucky on the crossbar, but overall it’s a well-deserved win.

on the build-up to the goal…Cazorla’s class got us that goal. He had a few opportunities in the first half. He cannot finish at the moment but in providing he is still top class.

on whether Berahino was onside…I think - from the bench - it’s impossible to say. Maybe Koscielny covered the view I had when I saw it.

on a banner in the crowd…I don’t comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don’t comment on your question.

on two key players returning…We had a clean sheet against Dortmund and we had one today. We had three very good games in the week, one against Manchester United, one against Dortmund and one today. Unfortunately against Manchester United we didn’t win but our performance was there. Defensively we were maybe a bit more stable today but I think against Dortmund we had a very good defensive performance.

on an attacking line-up…We always play with attacking football.

on Welbeck playing through the middle…He’s a striker. He plays left, right, central. For me that’s not important. We have so many crosses coming in that there are always chances if you play on the flanks as well.


on whether Arsenal have shown character…We can let people talk. We live in a society of total opinion but we live off what we do, not what we say. What we do is on the football pitch.

on injuries…Gibbs struggled a little bit with an ankle problem and Monreal with a knee problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a knee problem.

on whether he is the future of Arsenal…You’re very good at insisting. The responsibility of everybody is to prepare for the future.

on whether the injuries are serious…I don’t know. We have to see how they recover on Monday. We have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal and Gibbs who have knocks but I don’t know how bad it is.

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