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Wenger hails Gunners
Published : 04 Dec 2011 07:17:02
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed an all-round display from his side after they demolished Wigan 4-0 at the DW Stadium to climb to fifth in the Barclays Premier League table.
Mikel Arteta opened the scoring in the 28th minute and Thomas Vermaelen made it two a minute later, while second half goals from Gervinho and Robin van Persie accurately reflected the visitors' dominance.
"Wigan started well, creating some dangerous situations and they surprised us a little bit but after that we took control of the game and never lost that control, apart from maybe a bit in the first five minutes of the second half," said Wenger.
"But overall we had a good team performance defensively and offensively. The confidence is there and you could feel that in the way we played today, so I can only congratulate the team. They are growing and getting better and better."
Blackburn's victory over Swansea meant Wigan slipped back to the bottom of the table, and the performance was a big disappointment to manager Roberto Martinez after the high of last weekend's win at Sunderland.
He said: "I thought we started really well. The first 10 or 15 minutes we created problems and I felt we were going to grow really well into the game. Everything you do in a football game is to score goals, and in the same manner conceding the goals we conceded today makes performances very difficult.
"The two goals are really soft and they are really close to each other, and I felt that affected us too much. That's probably the real disappointment.
"We all know Arsenal have got a real quality squad and real experience but giving them a two-goal cushion helped them to use their experience and control the tempo of the game, and we made it a little bit easy.
"In the second half we started brightly again but we weren't ourselves, we couldn't reach the level we reached in the last two games, and we cannot keep conceding goals like we did today.
"We conceded early goals against Sunderland and Blackburn and we got back into the games, but when you're playing against top-class opposition you need to be a little bit harder to beat."