Arsene Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland
Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal's mental strength after their battling 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday
Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal’s mental resolve after watching his side battle to an uncomfortable 3-1 win over Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“This Premier League is a battle,” Wenger told BBC Sport after the game.
It was important to get back to winning ways
“You have to give credit to Sunderland who were well organised and always dangerous on the break.
“It could have been one of those days, but the mental aspect was good and we kept concentration.”
Wenger’s men took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to Joel Campbell’s opener in north London.
However, the visitors drew level on the stroke of half-time when Olivier Giroud scored an own-goal to hand Sunderland a lifeline.
But despite appearing to be nervous for long spells of the game, Arsenal went ahead again in the 63rd minute when Giroud made amends by heading in Aaron Ramsey’s pass.
And Ramsey made the three points secure when he bundled home from close range following Calum Chamber’s deflected shot in stoppage time.
The win lifted Arsenal up to second place in the Premier League table after both Manchester clubs dropped points on Saturday.
And Wenger has called on his side to keep their focus ahead of the hectic festive schedule in the Premier League.
“We have to keep winning games and collecting points and hope that Leicester slip up,” he added.
Goal-scorer Ramsey was also feeling positive after helping the north Londoners pick up the three points.
“It was important to get back to winning ways, close the gap at the top and it was nice to do it in front of our own fans,” Ramsey told BBC Sport.
“Everyone is going to be taking points off each other – it is going to be tight all the way through – and we have to try to make the most of this busy period coming up.”