Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1: Wenger pleased with Gunners resilience
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1: Arsene Wenger praises the Gunners for showing great resilience after being reduced to 10 men
Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal’s resilience after the Gunners held on for a narrow victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal went ahead in the 35th minute when Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott combined to set up Santi Cazorla, who fired an emphatic finish past Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Arsenal had Carl Jenkinson sent off midway through the second half and were forced to dig deep to secure three points, keeping in touch with Chelsea and Tottenham in the race for a top-four finish.
“It was tight in the end, but it was a game with a high level of intensity where we have shown some brilliance going forward, but unfortunately we couldn’t score the second goal,” Wenger told BBC Sport.
“Then we had to show another side in the second half, especially in the last 20 minutes, down to 10 men, we needed to be resilient, committed and deal with everything they offered us.
“But overall, I think it was a typical Premier League game with top quality on both sides.”
Meanwhile, Martin O’Neill felt Sunderland should have scored in the second half after Jenkinson’s dismissal handed the home side the incentive.
“It was a great game from start to finish. The tempo was very high early on and it remained so,” added O’Neill.
“Obviously Arsenal, a top-quality team, caused us a lot of problems in the first half but I also thought we looked dangerous as well.
“But in the second half, we just came roaring at them, and that was even before the man had been sent off.
“Seriously, looking back at a couple of the chances, I just don’t know how we didn’t score.”