Arsenal 3 Norwich 1: Wenger hails ‘spirit and desire’ after fightback
Arsenal 3 Norwich 1: Arsene Wenger hails his side's "spirit and desire" after their late fightback downs the Canaries
Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal’s never-say-die attitude after watching his side launch a dramatic late comeback to beat Norwich and boost their Champions League qualification hopes.
After a goalless first half to forget, the Canaries took a shock lead in the 56th minute when Michael Turner headed in a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.
Arsenal looked devoid of ideas but were handed a crucial lifeline five minutes from time when referee Mike Jones awarded them a penalty after Olivier Giroud was hauled down by Kei Kamara.
Mikel Arteta duly dispatched the spot-kick to make it 1-1, before goals from Giroud and Lukas Podolski wrapped up a victory that hoists Arsenal up into third place in the Premier League table.
“I thought we wouldn’t give in and we would fight until the end,” said Wenger. “No-one could predict we would score three goals but we have great attitude, spirit and desire – and it got us there.
“We deserved to win but we were against a strong side and needed something special.”
Wenger’s men now hold a one-point lead over top-four rivals Tottenham with six games left to play.
But Wenger, whose side host Everton on Tuesday, is refusing to get carried away with the Gunners’ league position.
“For me what is more important is to keep the run, attitude and focus strong,” he added.
“We want consistency and that demands huge focus because you can see how quickly you’re punished. We’re not far away but we just have to keep winning.”