Arsenal boss praises fans after Stoke win

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has applauded the clubs supporters for their unwavering loyalty after the Gunners saw off Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Frenchman oversaw the Gunners worst start to a season during his 15-years at the club but recent form suggests the club is finally back on the right track with the 3-1 win over Tony Pulis’ Potters their sixth win the last seven games in all competitions.

Speaking to the clubs official website the 62-year-old praised the fans for sticking by the team during a disastrous opening to the campaign believing the positivity now emanating from the stands has been an important factor in his sides recent surge in confidence.

He said: “I feel we had a very spirited performance and that our quality is very strong. As a team we defended much better than a few months ago. We were very strong defensively and overall I am pleased.

“You can see as well that the supporters are getting behind the team because they feel we are playing with the right attitude and spirit. That is very positive.”

Wenger reserved special praise for captain Robin Van Persie after he came off the bench to score twice and secure all three points for the North London side.

“Who would have a doubt [that he is one of the best players in the world]? I believe that of course he was very efficient when he came on. Straight away his movement and his quality makes a difference.” He said.

“He was a bit on the edge muscular-wise so we didn’t want to take a gamble with him. Gervinho as well had a very lively game today. If it was possible [not to use Robin] yes, but we had to.”

Wenger added: “He was not injured but because he has played so many games recently he was tight on the muscular side of his leg so we thought it could be a danger playing him today.”

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