Arsene Wenger has hailed the performance of his team after the 2-0 win over Bayern Munich this evening, saying they had to be switched on for the 90 minutes to get the right result.
Two late goals won the game for the Gunners as they kept their European hopes alive, and as a collective performance it was one of the great nights at the Emirates.
“We had an absolute necessity to win the game,” said Wenger, “and we did it in an intense and disciplined way.
“It was a top level game between two top-level teams. Bayern had more possession than us but we decided to make it tight in our final third and catch them on the break.
“The last part of the game where we went longer and used long balls we could play more in their half and they struggled. I think they dropped a bit physically as well but overall I think we have beaten a very strong team and kept a good level focus from the first to the last minute and kept a clean sheet as well.”
He also revealed a tactical change which helped them keep things in control.
“I thought when we played very high up we stopped them from playing,” he said.
“When we were playing halfway they opened us up too much so I decided to drop Ozil a bit deeper and to make it tight around the box and catch them on the break because we have the pace to do it and to find some space with the game going on.”
And the Frenchman is hoping for a confidence boost after what was an excellent victory.
“It can strengthen our belief and strengthen the belief of people of around us, that means out fans, our supporters.
“We won 3-0 against Manchester United, 3-0 against Watford and 2-0 tonight so it is important we have a good balance between defending well and attacking well.
“As long as we defend well and score goals then the balance is right.”
Let’s hope we can recover in time for the game against Everton on Saturday.