Wenger praises Arsenal’s mental desire against Leicester

Feb 17, 2016
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The Gunners pulled off a thrilling 2-1 win against the Premier League leaders thanks to Welbeck’s last-gasp header, which made the score 2-1.

Walcott restored parity for Arsenal in the 70th minute after Jamie Vardy slotted his 19th goal of the season with a hotly-disputed penalty to put Leicester ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson after he celebrates scoring the second goal. Theo Walcott was brought on shortly after, the Englishman made a huge impact on the game finishing coolly from Giroud’s knock-down to convert Arsenal’s first shot on target of the afternoon. “Everyone is extremely happy for [Welbeck] because he has been out for 10 months which is an eternity for a player”. “What’s most disappointing is that we’ve stuck in there right until the last kick of the game and then conceded”, he said. Both assumptions proved true as Arsenal was able to bite, claw and scratch their way to a 2-1 victory against 10-man Leicester City to pull within two points of the top of the table.

Wenger praised his side’s attitude after coming from behind to win, saying: “I just wanted to make sure that we kept our relentless energy, keep going until the end and keep created chances to have an opportunity to come back”. We would not have given up, but eight points is three games to come back.

The 25-year-old England striker’s goal – his first since December 2014 – reignited Arsenal’s title challenge, lifting them to within two points of Leicester with 12 games remaining.

Welbeck’s dramatic entrance came after two days in training that convinced Wenger he was fit enough for a place on the bench following knee surgery. We are the type of team who fight for each other, have each other’s backs, scrap and do what is necessary to try and help each other to try and get the three points.

“After that bad spell, still being in with a chance is a good result. We would need to win three, they would need to lose three”.

Now Falcao is out of the picture and Welbeck scored a late victor for Arsenal, it’s easy to say van Gaal was wrong to let him go but I don’t think he was at the time.

Ranieri (above) and his team have defied expectations all season-long having been amongst the relegation favourites at the start of the campaign.

“We don’t think about the title, we think about our performance”, Ranieri said.

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