Wenger – Van Persie was exceptional

Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger spoke after the 2-1 win The Gunners succeeded in getting against Sunderland about the importance that scorer and captain Robin Van Persie has within the team. The Dutch was the scorer of both goals which lead to Arsenal’s win.

“Well, he scored two goals. I think you have to analyse the game a little bit to see how important he is. The first goal was a good display of the team and the second chance he made the difference just because of his skill, which was exceptional.”, said Wenger

“Many people question his leadership qualities but I believe he is completely committed for the cause on a daily basis. What’s even more important is that he does the job on the football pitch.”

“We started well for the first 25 minutes and then when they equalised you could see that we were wobbling a bit with confidence. At half time the team regrouped and then the second half was all us. I have seen a few games over the weekend and I must say that of all the teams away from home Sunderland were 100 per cent committed, played with six midfielders and four defenders and fought for every inch on the pitch. I did not see many teams doing that yesterday so I believe that they deserve a lot of credit. They made life difficult for us.”

“We didn’t make enough of our free-kicks, that’s an area that we can improve. If you consider the number of free-kicks we had today in interesting zones and the corners we had in offensive positions I feel we have to make more of our set-pieces.”

“We have now won five home games on the trot. If we can put another two or three results together it will help confidence because you can feel that the attitude and spirit of the team is great. Even at half time we had a good response. The motivation is there and the quality too so we should eventually get there.”

The win against Sunderland was a breath of fresh air for Arsene Wenger and for Arsenal. The Gunners struggled to find form in this English Premier League season start, and this win might mean the beginning of a new chapter in their evolution.

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