Wenger - Class first, resilience later

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal showed "class and resilience" to secure three points on Boxing Day.

The Gunners had to withstand late pressure from Queens Park Rangers after a red card for Olivier Giroud and Charlie Austin's penalty left the home side 2-1 up but a man down.

Ultimately, goals from Alexis and Tomas Rosicky were enough to take Arsenal back up to sixth in the Premier League.

"It was a combination of class and resilience," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "The class first, the resilience came in when we were down to 10 men, and the score was 2-1.

"We have shown another aspect that I like as well, because we did throw our body in today, and overall the defensive commitment was great."

Alexis was man of the match after earning and missing a penalty, scoring the opener with a header and setting up Rosicky with a fine run and pass.

"You could see he was carrying that [penalty miss] for a while, but the goal helped him a lot to get over it," said Wenger. "He got the penalty, he scored a goal and he gave an assist for Tomas Rosicky, and he looked always dangerous.

"I also liked Tomas' game today, he was classy and I think he had a great game."

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