Date: 12th February 2017 at 11:18pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger was obviously a happy man at the full time whistle in Saturday’s victory over Hull City.

With successive losses seriously denting our Premier League title hopes this year and the gap to Chelsea increasing, Wenger knew it was vital we got back to winning ways quickly and a two nil victory at the Emirates Stadium achieved just that.

With Alexis getting the brace on the day to lift Arsenal back into third place in the table and back level with Tottenham Hotspur on points, we now sit on 50 for the year having edged ahead of Liverpool but remain ten behind Chelsea in top spot.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a pleased Wenger explained that the overriding element of the day was maths more than the performance itself – but he certainly had praise for the opposition and their efforts.

‘As you said it was more about the mathematics than about the brilliance today because we had absolutely to win today. Unfortunately against a good team who I cannot see even from the stand any weakness in there. Physically they are strong, they are organised, they have a good spirit and technically they are good as well. So overall I felt that we started well until we led 1-0, we created some very good chances. After we became a bit more protective to protect the result. After that we were playing a bit more to not concede a goal and that`s what the game was about because we knew that was absolutely vital to win today.’

Of course questions about Chelsea and the gap figured from the press, and Wenger knew it wasn’t insurmountable but clearly we have made life difficult for ourselves.

‘Look I said on Thursday that we have to fight no matter what the gap is. The best as much as we can and the first to find some confidence back. When you lose two games that`s what you fight for. For us, it was just important to win today.’

With the first goal being handball but missed by the referee, he added.

‘Honestly, I don`t know. I`m responsible for many things, but not for the referee`s decisions. I feel sorry for Hull but I feel that we had as well to cope recently with some decisions where you didn`t ask me this question. So I am sorry. I want the right decisions to be made.’

In many ways he knew we got a slice of luck in this one, but you need that throughout a season.

‘Of course. When you lose two games on the trot at Arsenal you face a good storm. There is only one answer: to win the next game or you face even more. I`m at Arsenal for 20 years, I know that. When you will look one day if I lost three Premier League games on the trot, you will be surprised.’

With Ian Wright implying that Wenger had said or implied it would be his last year at the club at a questions and answer dinner they shared the other week, Wenger joked he was tired but that’s because he works long days.

‘No, no. It was questions and answers. I could be tired because I get up early in the morning and I finish late at night, so I am tired, yes. But I didn`t give any indication about my future. It was a question and answer with members of the Diamond Club. That`s in the evening so there were many people there. We had a little dinner before but it was not the two of us. There were four or five.’

Adding that Wright must have misinterpreted something he said.

‘Yes. You know I appreciate very much that you want me to rest, absolutely. But I am not ready for that yet.’

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