Date: 16th January 2017 at 3:09pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has credited a relentless Arsenal showing in our victory over Swansea City at the weekend.

Travelling to the Liberty Stadium for the game on Saturday, Arsenal took the four nil victory courtesy of strikes from Olivier Giroud, two credited own goals even though Alex Iwobi wants at least one of them and an Alexis Sanchez effort.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Wenger was obviously delighted with the goal return, the clean sheet and the performance but he knew the opening 35 odd minutes until we gained the advantage had been tough as Swansea made us work for it.

He was more than willing to credit Swansea for their start to the game as well.

‘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.’

Adding about the opposition.

‘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.’

The real downside of the day fo Arsenal came in the shape of Giroud limping off in the second half on the hour mark and having to be replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Confirming it was an ankle problem, Wenger didn’t know how bad it was as he spoke but we’ll know early next week and hopefully not too bad at all.

‘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.’

With Alex Iwobi playing a huge part in two of the goals but not being credited with any of the own goals on the day, Wenger went on to praise him for his performance and his development since making his Premier League debut in the corresponding fixture last season.

‘He is more and more comfortable in the team. But I think Alex Iwobi, above all his talent, is a guy who has a fantastic team attitude. He is gaining in confidence as well. You could see overall that he develops very well. If he keeps that kind of spirit he has at the moment, he can go much higher up. That’s my wish.’

Going back to the game itself, he added about the clean sheet – our first since the one nil victory over Burnley back in October.

‘When it was 4-0 you always think ‘can we maintain our defensive focus, and our absolute desire not to concede a goal?’ We have seen we can score goals. We were 3-0 down at Bournemouth and we came back, so that’s seven goals in our last two away games, and on top of that we didn’t concede today, so that’s good for the confidence of the defenders.’

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