Wenger: 'I knew the team would keep going'

Last updated : 28 January 2009 By Chris Parry
"After the result last night we knew we could not afford to lose this game.

"It was a game of quality and we were playing against a good team, and we needed character to come back like that in injury-time. You cannot predict you will score that late, but I knew the team would keep going and we have shown that again.

"It was very important not to lose. We needed to keep Everton at a distance from us, and three points would have put them very close to us.

"Van Persie's finish was an exceptional one. But when you see the ball dropping like that towards his left foot, you always think that he can hit the target. He will make the keeper work, he will never put the ball into the stands from a position like that."