Date: 20th July 2017 at 9:58am
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Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Arsenal following the never say die attitude allowing the Gunners to score a dramatic added time equaliser against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern, as we know too well, have become the nemesis of Arsenal in recent years. Yes, it was only a friendly so you can’t get carried away, few will, but denying the German champions victory in added time and then beating them on penalties was sweet.

Wenger has run through Alex Iwobi’s equaliser and how the preparations in Australia, against, with all due respect lesser opposition, ahead of the spell in China, to take on Bayern, hadn’t been perfect but they served a purpose.

He told the Official Website: ‘It was a great goal which started with Joe Willock. After that, Alex Iwobi gave a good ball to Aaron, Aaron produced a great cross and Iwobi got on the end of it. It was a great goal to score and overall it`s good for the confidence to win games in pre-season.’

Adding: ‘We are here to prepare. Not everything was perfect but we have to push ourselves because in the last two days we have done it. I expected the game to be even more difficult for us today physically, but many of the players are already in good shape.’

In the immediate aftermath of the penalty shootout victory Wenger also conducted his post-match news conference.

During this, quoted by the Official Website, the Arsenal boss spoke about his shock at the change of conditions from the cold, as it sometimes was, of Australia to the heat and humidity of Shanghai.

‘It was a bit of a shock coming here from Australia, where we were freezing at times! We worked very hard on Monday and Tuesday, so I was a bit scared that tonight could have big problems. In fact in the first half we suffered a bit but in the second half we became physically sharper and maybe Bayern dropped as well. It was an interesting game for us because we had to dig deep and I think we will benefit from it in the second half.’

He went on to say why summer signing Sead Kolasinac had to go off, confirming he had been sick and Steve Bould was absent due to a neck problem, which needed an operation in Australia, preventing the former Arsenal defender from travelling to China.

Bould returns from Australia to the UK on Saturday with Wenger happy to report the Gunners coach is fine.

‘He (Kolasinac) was sick as well. We have a little virus in the camp, Aaron finished [feeling] bad, Walcott, Mertesacker, Giroud. He (Bould) has a disc problem on his neck and he had to [have an operation] in Australia – he couldn`t travel. He had to do it over there and it all went well, but he couldn`t go on, he suffered too much so we had to have it done in Australia. He will go home on Saturday from Australia, but he`s okay, I spoke to him on the phone and he is good.’

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