Wenger hails Arsenal commitment

14 November 2010 06:10
Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal's "discipline, commitment and desire" after they won 2-1 at Everton to go second in the Premier League.[LNB] Goals from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas either side of half-time proved decisive at Goodison Park on Sunday as the Gunners survived a late fightback through Everton, who eventually broke through courtesy of Tim Cahill.[LNB]Wenger said: "The most important qualities we showed were discipline, commitment, honest desire, 100 per cent focus for 90 minutes.[LNB]"That got us the three points - if you come here without that you don't get the three points.[LNB]"We've had two difficult away games, Wolves and here, but we have got six points and that puts us in a good situation. The team has shown great spirit.[LNB]"We could have scored more but we were nearly punished and we needed a few good saves from the keeper because we became a bit too conservative.[LNB]"We were hanging on a bit at the end but overall I am satisfied with 2-1."[LNB]Despite his team's strong position, Wenger was not willing to look at the title picture.[LNB]"Let's get points into our account and see where we stand at the end," he said.[LNB]Wenger allayed fears midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is due to join up with England this week, was removed at the interval because of injury.[LNB]The Frenchman said: "He is not injured. I wanted a second holding player to win the second balls from the headers and I thought he looked a bit tired today.[LNB]"He will be all right to go with England."[LNB]Wenger allayed fears that midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is due to join up with England this week, was removed at the interval because of injury.[LNB]The Frenchman said: "He is not injured. I wanted a second holding player to win the second balls from the headers and I thought he looked a bit tired today.[LNB]"He will be all right to go with England."[LNB]Everton could also feel aggrieved that a number of crucial decisions from referee Howard Webb went against them.[LNB]Steven Pienaar was denied a free-kick on the stroke of half-time, Sebastien Squillaci was fortunate to escape a red card after felling Louis Saha and a Saha shot appeared to strike Alex Song's arm.[LNB]David Moyes chose not to highlight those incidents, however, and was generally disappointed with his side's performance.[LNB]He said: "I have not looked back at any of the incidents. All I have got is the first view I had at the time.[LNB]"Could it have been a sending off? Some referees would have but I haven't seen it again so I can't comment.[LNB]"My view from the dugout was it was a decision for the referee. He may have got it right, I don't know."[LNB]He added: "I can't really feel as if we deserved an awful lot. I don't think we played all that well.[LNB]"I didn't think there was much in the game before the first goal. I didn't think Arsenal were great and I don't think we were.[LNB]"Losing a goal just before half-time was crucial to them and the one just after half-time made it really difficult.[LNB]"We tried to keep going, we'd wanted to do that from the first minute but I never felt we got into the tempo or speed of the game.[LNB]"There were things which on another day may have gone in Everton's favour but didn't.[LNB]"I thought we created one or two chances which on another day we might have scored. If we'd got the goal a bit earlier then who knows?"

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