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Wenger - That win shows our character

Arsene Wenger was a satisfied man after his side claimed their third win from three games in the Europa League.

The victory against Red Star Belgrade came in difficult circumstances and the boss had this to say after the match:

on the win…
I believe that it was a very difficult game with high intensity in a very heated and supportive atmosphere for the local team and we kept going and trying to win the game and them as well in fairness. We played against a good Red Star team who were always dangerous on the counter attack. Petr Cech made some good saves and in the end we got a win that gives credit to the mentality of the team.

on winning the game the way they did…
Well I believe that you know you win when you can and we don’t decide that, overall I think what is remarkable is the spirit that we have shown today and fighting together in a game that was very physical and in the end we got the winner because I think they defended very well with a lot of determination and but as well the goal is a consequence of us really wanting to play through them, so it was a bit had the fact that we didn’t give up and wanted absolutely to score.

on there being calls for Jack to get a chance in the Premier League…
He will get a chance in the Premier League, don’t worry about that. I think at the moment it’s going like that. He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but he managed to get through the 90 minutes and games of that intensity will, of course, help him a lot.

on how he’d rate the atmosphere…
Their support is absolutely amazing and fantastic. Red Star Belgrade is a big club, they have massive clubs here and there is a big history. But as well, I think the people know football here. They are passionate about it and you could see that tonight.

on whether the game is what he expected…
I felt that their team played with a high intensity, were very compact and overall the resistance was higher than I expected from them. They played very well in transitions when they won the ball back, they went always very quickly at us and overall, I must say, the intensity that they maintained for 90 minutes was remarkable.