Arsene Wenger was obviously pleased that Arsenal managed to get a third Premier league win in a row, especially as Tottenham’s draw meant that we finished the day in third place in the table. There is no sense of achievement coming from the Frenchman, though, as he is well aware that the performance was not great and that this was just the beginning if Arsenal are going to call this season a success.
“It’s good but not enough. We want more.
“It was much more a win because we really wanted a result more than because we dominated the game.”
Wenger had demanded that his players repay his faith in them and they did that, but it was not brilliant football by any means. It is often said, however, that good teams grind out results when thay are not at their best. If Arsenal can do that sometimes to complement the games when we are fluent and creative, it will breed confidence throughout the squad.
Wenger has promised to give the players a rest over Christmas, but he will expect a much sharper, more dominant performance against Newcastle next weekend. The players know that they have brought pressure on their manager this season, but they are starting to show that his faith was not missplaced.
January is going to be hard for Arsenal, with games against Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool but if Arsenal are in a winning habit, there is no reason we cannot win them all.