Belfast Telegraph

Victory eases pressure on Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes things will be different now Arsenal have returned to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners have endured a nightmare start to the campaign, with the sale of captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri, as injuries and suspensions took their toll which culminated in a humiliating 8-2 reverse at Manchester United before the international break.

Wenger now hopes everyone can move on from a turbulent few weeks, and said following the 1-0 win over Swansea: "When you don't win you have a deep problem, that's for sure. The longer it lasts, the deeper the problem becomes. As soon as you win things are different."

Swansea - coached by assistants Colin Pascoe and Alan Curtis as manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game following the death of his father - certainly did not make it an easy afternoon for Arsenal's beleaguered team.

It may not have been the best of team displays from Arsenal, but newboy Mikel Arteta seemed to fit straight into midfield following his deadline day move from Everton.

The Spaniard told BBC Sport: "It was important for us to get the three points and forget about what happened two weeks ago (at Manchester United).

"We have got a big Champions League game on Tuesday, so now we focus on that."


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