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Wenger hails Arsenal commitment
Published : 14 Nov 2010 18:10:00Rss feed
Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal's "discipline, commitment and desire" after they won 2-1 at Everton to go second in the Premier League. 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. Wenger said: "The most important qualities we showed were discipline, commitment, honest desire, 100 per cent focus for 90 minutes. "That got us the three points - if you come here without that you don't get the three points. "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. "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. "We were hanging on a bit at the end but overall I am satisfied with 2-1." Despite his team's strong position, Wenger was not willing to look at the title picture. "Let's get points into our account and see where we stand at the end," he said. Wenger allayed fears midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is due to join up with England this week, was removed at the interval because of injury. 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. "He will be all right to go with England." 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. 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. "He will be all right to go with England." Everton could also feel aggrieved that a number of crucial decisions from referee Howard Webb went against them. 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. David Moyes chose not to highlight those incidents, however, and was generally disappointed with his side's performance. 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. "Could it have been a sending off? Some referees would have but I haven't seen it again so I can't comment. "My view from the dugout was it was a decision for the referee. He may have got it right, I don't know." He added: "I can't really feel as if we deserved an awful lot. I don't think we played all that well. "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. "Losing a goal just before half-time was crucial to them and the one just after half-time made it really difficult. "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. "There were things which on another day may have gone in Everton's favour but didn't. "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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