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22 Aug 2013 09:01:59

Gunners' character pleases Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the character of his side after they took a giant step towards Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win over Fenerbahce in Turkey - and then called off the pursuit of Luis Suarez.

The Gunners and their manager's lack of summer spending had been under fire following a nightmare opening match of the new Barclays Premier League season, losing 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

However, there was no hangover as the English side coasted to victory at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium with second-half goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Wenger said: "This team has shown a lot of mental strength. I told you yesterday that you had forgotten that this team has lost only one game since March under very, very special circumstance.

"Of course ,the environment we faced was difficult but the only way to do it is to go out there and play football like you want to play.

"I believe we played in a very, very heated atmosphere against a good team, but we had a proactive attitude from the first minute on, and that was certainly was very important tonight.

"We did not come in shaking, but came in resolute and determined and with a desire to take the game to them - and overall we were in control."

The win, though, came at a cost as defender Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a cut head following a high boot from Pierre Webo, which left the France international needing hospital treatment.

Wenger was less than impressed by the challenge. He said: "Laurent Koscielny has opened very deeply the skull and we had to take him to hospital.

"I was not happy with the kick because I feel always that you can ease a bit off. Only the player in the end will know what he did.


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