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Wenger proud of Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted after his side won 2-0 at Swansea City in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The win, which came thanks to second-half goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho, keeps the club’s chances of finishing fourth alive.

And Wenger was proud of his players, who backed up from a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in midweek – they still lost the Champions League round-of-16 tie on away goals – with another triumph on the road.

“We knew on the fixtures that this was one of the difficult games we had still to play,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“But we really wanted the win today and we kept going. The fact that our left-back scored the goal inside the box shows that we had the spirit, the desire and are up for the fight.

“I’m very proud of the players because they have given a lot at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, come home, travelled straight away and won again away from home. It’s never easy to do that.

“Winning a big game like that (against Bayern), of course, improves your confidence even if it is a frustration to go out. We were up for a battle in Munich and it certainly helped.

“I think it was the team that really wanted it today that have won the game. We’ve not always had that belief that you need at this level but the players were determined to give absolutely everything.”

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said he thought the match would end in a draw and felt the second half was not much of a spectacle.

“In the first half we saw some good football from both sides. They had a couple of chances and we had a couple as well, with maybe the biggest one for Angel (Rangel),” Laudrup said.

“In the second half there was much less good football in my modest opinion. There was a lot of play in midfield and not really many shots on target and I thought it was going to finish 0-0.

“But you know when things are like this that the first goal many times will decide the game, and that is what happened. It was a strange goal, but that decided the game.”

Sat 16 March, 2013
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