After yesterday’s turn around victory in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Vila, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken on how he is hoping that yesterday’s much spirited second half performance, will inspire the team and act as a spark for the club’s push for fourth place at the end of the season and to inspire them to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal were heading for a shock third defeat in a row in all competitions, and early exit from the worlds oldest cup tournament yesterday, before an inspired performance saw them turn the game around with three second half goals after going behind at half time 0 – 2, but the often frail and spineless Arsenal displays showed that fighting spirit as they overturned that first half deficit with two second half Robin van Persie penalties, and a deflected goal by Theo Walcott.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that after the recent of defeats his players have been on a very low ebb, but hopes this will push them on to fight for the rest of the season:
“I hope it will convince the team we have the qualities needed and we can transfer that to the Premier League,”
“When you don’t win your belief goes. We lost our last three games in the Premier League so of course your belief is not there, regardless of your history.”
“I was very impressed with the spirit. Coming from a bad period of results and being 2-0 down you can feel sorry for yourself, but the players were very positive at half-time.”
“They didn’t give up. I was very proud. They showed they weren’t ready to lie down.”
“I felt the fans were quite positive compared to last time!” he said. “I am sad we cannot always keep them happy. The only thing we can do is show this spirit.”
“I just want to do well for this club that I love. I understand that people question my decisions. But I wouldn’t understand if they question my commitment and dedication to the club.”
“At half-time I said to them that it was a good test for us to show we have the mental qualities to come back,”
“It was important we didn’t panic because to concede just before half-time for 2-0 is a difficult blow.”
“It was a classic English cup tie. We had to fight and we did it well.”
“The second half was all us. It was important we pushed them back into their own half and we did that very well.”
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