Belfast Telegraph

Wenger relieved after narrow win

Arsene Wenger was a relieved man after Arsenal finally got their Barclays Premier League campaign up and running with a narrow 1-0 win over gallant Swansea at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were in need of a response following a nightmare start to the season, which saw them sell both captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri before being thumped 8-2 at Manchester United ahead of the international break.

Wenger had included all five deadline day signings in the 18-man squad, and said: "It was vital to win the game."

He added: "We started quite well, but slowly nerves took over and we played with the handbrake on in the second half. We just wanted to get over the line and did not make a mistake, but did not manage to score the second goal.

"Swansea keep the ball well and make it difficult, are quick on the flanks and have the basics of a very good Premier League team, they just do not score."

Swans First-team coach Colin Pascoe maintained Brendan Rodgers, who missed the game following the death of his father, could be proud of his team's efforts.

"We have been in contact all the time, he only went last night and was there to see his father pass away," Pascoe said.

"I have spoken to him and he is proud of the way the lads played and performed.

"Everything had been prepared well for the game and were unlucky not to get a draw."

Pascoe added: "When you come to place like Emirates have to stop the flow of play, and we did that."


From Belfast Telegraph