Wenger - They were both outstanding

Alexandre Lacazette stole the headlines with a match-winning brace on Monday night, but Mohamed Elneny and Nacho Monreal also excelled in a hard-fought win.

Arsène Wenger spoke to Arsenal Media after the game about the contribution of the pair, and also the growing partnership between Alexis and Lacazette.

On the game…

The first half was quite even and West Brom played quite well. They were very physical, very well organised as they usually are. Overall we were maybe lucky in one special circumstance, but we were 1-0 up at half-time and in the second half we controlled the game well and I think we deserved to win.

On Alex Lacazette's form at Emirates…

Yes, he has found confidence and I believe he is adapting quickly to the demands of the Premier League. I think it's quite positive. Now he has to score away from home, but he was unlucky as well away to Stoke I must say. Overall it's a good sign that he keeps scoring at home.

On his partnership with Alexis…

Both of them can score goals, both of them can give assists so I expect a positive response from them on that. We work on the partnership in training of course, but the best way is to play together in competitive circumstances, so I believe that will come very quickly.

On big performances from Monreal and Elneny…

They were outstanding, both of them. I am pleased for both of them of course, but especially for Elneny because he has not always played, but what he did tonight was very positive. The two of them are top players who have a fantastic mentality.

On building momentum…

Yes, and I believe you see that we are much stable defensively now. At the start of the season we conceded too many goals, and you have no hope if you always concede goals, and on that front we have stabilised very well.

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