Belfast Telegraph

Wenger enjoys 'emphatic' showing

Arsene Wenger was proud of the fighting spirit Arsenal displayed against Tottenham and backed his side to finish above their north London rivals in the Barclays Premier League table.

The Gunners completed an incredible comeback as they recovered from a two-goal deficit to win 5-2 in the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

"Today showed Arsenal is alive more than anyone thought before the game," Wenger said. "We had an emphatic performance today where on the spirit and technical side, and the drive of the whole team and style of the way we want to play, everything was perfect despite a very bad start."

Spurs had looked on course for victory after goals from Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor, although they were pegged back before half-time by Bacary Sagna's header and a Robin van Persie wonder-strike.

Arsenal continued in the same vein after the break and took the lead through Tomas Rosicky six minutes into the second half, before a Theo Walcott brace wrapped up the resounding victory.

Wenger added: "I felt in the first five minutes, Spurs started well. It was all us for the next 85 minutes. We were 2-0 down and just refused to lose the game and kept going no matter what happened.

"Once we were back to 2-2, you saw that if we maintained the pace we would win the game.

"There was a good balance between offence and defence, between creativity and going into the space behind their defenders and we showed good maturity. We had a great spirit."

Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp seemed taken aback in the post-match press conference, admitting it was "one of those days".

"I didn't feel comfortable to be honest at 2-0 up," he said. "They were creating chances at 2-0. They had a bit of quality about them today. They were busy in the middle of the park. It was one of those days for us. We weren't the same."


From Belfast Telegraph