Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his Arsenal side have demonstrated the strength of character after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle United tightened their grip on fourth spot.
After suffering a 3-0 defeat at Everton earlier in the month the Gunners UEFA Champions League prospects had been in doubt, with Roberto Martinez’s side gaining the advantage in the race for fourth.
However, Arsenal have responded to their Goodison Park setback by winning three games in a row and have also seen Everton lose twice.
Arsenal now look certain to seal a 17th consecutive qualification for the Champions League after moving four points clear of Everton, with two games to play.
Wenger said after the victory :
“We have gone through a difficult period, and Goodison Park was one of them.
I believe that the spirit in the side is healthy, strong, determined and you can see that when the team is capable of bouncing back after a big disappointment.
Ozil is getting stronger in every game now. He’s refreshed. It’s his first season over here and over Christmas he suffered a bit physically. Now he looks sharp again and refreshed, mentally sharp to play and that’s why his performance is good.
I believe that the first season is always about adaptation in the Premier League.
What he has brought is fantastic technique, simplicity in his game, intelligence of passing. If you look at his numbers, his assists and his passes in the final third are very good.
We want some more goals from him and I think that will come naturally.”
Arsenal now face West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates at the weekend knowing that another victory would seal that 4th place.