Arsene Wenger speaking after last night’s win over West Ham,  and about how the Gunners came back to claim the victory putting Arsenal once more back into 4th place above Everton told Sky Sports what he thought of his players just three days after a penalty shootout with Wigan in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“In the first half it was difficult but the vital thing was to come back just before half-time to 1-1 and in the second half we controlled it well,” he said.

“Overall, it’s a hard-fought win but a very, very important one and as well, a very pleasant (one) because after the Saturday game we had to dig deep with some players and they showed a great mental response.”

The 64-year-old Frenchman was full of praise for striker Olivier Giroud after he skilfully brought down a ball from Thomas Vermaelen’s cross to fire the Gunners in front.

He said: “It was a great goal, a really great goal. First touch with his left foot and he finishes well with the right foot.

“Some credit as well to Thomas Vermaelen. He came in with a great ball but there was a lot to do after that and it was a great goal.

“If the first touch in the box is not perfect then there’s no chance of scoring but that first touch was perfect.”

The Arsenal boss is now only concerned with winning the last four games of the season saying:

“It was two comparable weeks where we needed to win. We did it. Let’s continue like that,” he said.

“Everybody’s under pressure to do well and the best way to deal with that pressure is to just focus on your own performances.”


You can see Giroud’s brilliant goal in the video below.