Arsene Wenger has praised the spirit of his team after coming back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa today.
The Gunners left the field at half-time to a chorus of boos, fans unhappy that the team were heading for a fourth successive defeat, but a seven minute goal spree in the second half turned things around.
And the Arsenal manager was happy his team showed the neccessary character to ensure they stayed in the FA Cup.
“I was very impressed because I felt that when you come out of a bad period like we are, and you are 2-0 down, you can feel sorry for yourself or you can show you have the mental qualities to play for this club. I was very proud that the team came out and showed they are not ready to lie down.”
The boss was also asked about the half-time reaction, saying, “I am sad we cannot always keep them happy, the only thing we can do is show the spirit that we showed today. They have seen some interesting things today, I felt Oxlade-Chamberlain had another good game, and we have some quality.
“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 questioned my commitment and my dedication.”
Many people will be curious about what was said at half-time in the Arsenal dressing room, but Wenger wasn’t forthcoming.
“We always keep what is said in the dressing room [to ourselves]. The players were all very positive at half time and we showed that in the second half. It was important to put massive pressure on them in their half. We closed them down very hard in their own half.”
So while one win doesn’t make everything in the garden rosy again, and team and manager still have much to prove, it’s certainly a better feeling than the last few Sunday evenings.