The goalscorers tend to grab the headlines but Arsene Wenger knows that Saturday’s win at Southampton was the product of a classic team display.
From front to back we were strong, and the manager paid tribute to the collective effort when he spoke to Arsenal Player in the St Mary’s tunnel.
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“Yes, it was a tremendous team performance,” said Wenger. “For example we won 5-0 but our goalkeeper was very good and from number one to 11, I would say everybody had a good performance.
“We looked as well like a real team, it was compact, well-organised, explosive on the transitions and overall of course I am pleased for Danny Welbeck who is not at the club [for a long time] and for Walcott that they scored the goals. Overall we behaved like a real, compact, united team.”
Wenger wanted to avoid a repeat of our third-round tie at Preston, which was made significantly tougher by a slow start. This time we were on the front foot from the first whistle.
“Yes, exactly,” said the boss. “I reminded them at half-time as well because what I liked was that we didn’t ease off. We continued to play and that is very enjoyable to watch.”
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