Wenger takes ‘big satisfaction’ from Newcastle win

Wenger takes ‘big satisfaction’ from Newcastle win

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s gritty one-nil victory against Newcastle brought him a ‘big satisfaction’ and proves the Gunners are up for a title fight.

Olivier Giroud’s first goal since late November sealed the points at St James’ Park but it was the defensive performance in the last half an hour which really caught the eye.

“There was a big satisfaction,” Wenger told the BBC after the game.

“We surprised many people and we want to go from there, we played two away games and got six points against West Ham and Newcastle and as you can see the team is ready for a fight.

“Let’s keep fighting and trying to develop the team.”

The boss was also asked for an update on Mesut Ozil’s shoulder injury which kept him from travelling to the North East.

“Mesut Ozil has a shoulder problem. I don’t think he will be available for Cardiff on Wednesday, maybe after that, we will see.”

Arsenal next play on New Year’s Day against Cardiff City before hosting Sp*rs in the FA Cup third round on 4 January.