'We threw everything forward'

Arsene Wenger admits there was an element of relief after we scored a late, late penalty to beat Southampton on Saturday.

Take a look at some of his quotes from the post-match press conference:

on the manner of the win…
Look, we had a little bit of a slow start and after 20 minutes we were 1-0 down, so we came back well into the game and we had a good response. In the second half I felt we dominated well again and created many dangerous situations but couldn’t score. Because we threw everything forward we were always a little bit under threat on the counter-attack of Southampton and in the end we got the penalty, so it’s a relief. When you lose your first home game, you cannot afford to drop points in the second home game because it creates a little bit of anxiety at home and that’s not what we really want.

on the squad’s maturity…
It is a win after Watford, that is two wins together. If we can put a few wins together, of course that will help us to be more confident and to get to a very fluent level like we want to play.

on the penalty decision…
I haven’t seen it again on video. They tell me in the dressing room it was a penalty, 100 per cent penalty. Have you seen it again on video? I haven’t. There were maybe one or two on corners before, I don’t know. But I’ll watch it again, I promise you. It’s difficult for me to give you an opinion.

on Koscielny…
Koscielny has a problem with his face. He's with the doctor now. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but it is very swollen.

on Ancelotti’s comments on possession football…
Everybody is free to play football. At the end of the day, you need players that are well positioned on the pitch. It is true, if they are mobile and exchange their positions, it is better.


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