Arsène Wenger was certainly the happier manager at Liberty Stadium after we hit four goals past Swansea City on Saturday.
Olivier Giroud and Alexis were on target for us, while two own goals completed the rout, but we were made to fight for the breakthrough in the first 35 minutes.
- Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal - Match report
- 'It was important to take the lead'
- 'All substituted players are frustrated'
- 'I'm definitely claiming the first one'
The only negative from the afternoon was the knock Giroud picked up after opening the scoring, and Wenger gave the latest update in his post-match press conference.
on the performance…We had some problems to get going but I put that down to the fact that Swansea played very well in the first half. They were well-organised, they put unbelievable work in and certainly the second half we took over and they couldn’t follow the pace that we put into the game any more. We were relentless until the end and much sharper in the transitions and more accurate and quicker in our passing. That made a big difference.
But overall, for them, I must say we were a bit fortunate with two goals and in their position of course it’s mentally difficult. But they should take some encouragement from their performance today because they have shown in the first half that they have quality, and when you are down there, of course it’s a vicious circle because you lack confidence. When you lack confidence you need a win and when you lose a game it’s even more difficult. I still feel they have enough quality to get out of it.
on Giroud limping off…He has an ankle problem, I don’t know how bad it is. But he is being assessed by the doctor. I don’t know, but he's limping quite a lot and so I hope it’s not too bad.
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