Wenger: 'We have shown remarkable strength'

Last updated : 23 November 2003 By Chris Parry

He said after ther game:

"We had six players missing so it was important we started well for the sake of the confidence of the team. Then we defended very well and kept them under control. They did not create many clear-cut chances but it was a little edgy until the second goal went in.

"We knew they would have to throw people forward as the game went on and that we would then have the opportunities on the break."

He said of the teams unbeaten record in the Premiership:

"I'm very happy. When I look back every game has been difficult and the team have shown remarkable strength and been focused in every match. There is a kind of strength about this team when they are in trouble and I am very proud of them."

Commenting on Thierry Henry's contribution to the team effort he said:

"Thierry was involved in all three goals and that is just as important to me as him scoring goals for us. I like it very much when a striker opts to give the final ball to another player to complete the finishing, especially when he has not already scored himself.

"Sometimes they are generous like that when they have already been on target themselves but Thierry was only thinking of the team. It was also a confidence boost for us to know that when he doesn't score, other players can get in on the score sheet."