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Arsenal finishes the year 2014 in the top four – reactions

December 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Premier League

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal coach Wenger reacts:

on the win…
We deserved to win the game. It was a typical committed, direct game where we needed to be solid in the air, take our chances on the break. Unfortunately when they came back to 2-1, we had five or six chances on counter-attacks that we couldn’t take, but overall everybody did the job very well, from the ‘keeper to up front.

on Koscielny…
We know that we need to be stable defensively. When we miss important players at the back, it’s always difficult to be stable.

on finishing in the top four…
I have always had that belief but it’s far from done. We just want to win the next game and be consistent in our performances. We were just caught by Liverpool in the last minute and today we won away from home. If you look at our recent results, we look to be more stable. We have a big game in front of us now against Southampton with nobody coming back. The players who played today have given their all and now we need to recover and prepare for the Southampton game.

on Arsenal’s creativity…
With the ball I think we had a very different game today, but we always looked dangerous. We couldn’t finish the game off – it’s down to the quality of their goalkeeper. It’s down to sometimes missing our chances, sometimes as well maybe there was a player in a better position. Overall we created a lot of chances. When you look at the results today, there’s not too many goals. Forty-eight hours ago everyone played and of course that has a little impact.

on the style of the game…
It was more fight than a creative game but you need to have that in England as well, especially when we played two days ago with 10 men for 40 minutes. When I looked at how much we gave physically [against QPR], I was worried for today. We knew before the game that we had to dig deep to win because we were a bit jaded but we did that.

on how important a top-four finish is…
It’s vital for us.

on whether Arsenal can finish in the top four…
We have done it for 17 years, so we are entitled to the belief that we can do it. It’s all to do because when you look at the league everyone is fighting very hard for it. Southampton, Tottenham, Manchester United, so many teams who can fight for these positions.

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