Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal’s 3-0 win at bogey side Swansea City proves that the club have improved from last season.
The Gunners were beaten both home and away by the Welsh side last season, but second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell eased the North London club to victory at the Liberty Stadium.
And Wenger believes the proof is in the pudding that Arsenal are in a much better position to challenge for the Premier League title this campaign.
“They took six points off us last year and that shows we’ve moved forward,” he said
“The second half we were a different team. After we scored the first goal it was all us and there was only one winner on the pitch.
“I feel they offered a lot in first half, then technically we were on top and we upped our pace in the second half and from then on it was more difficult for them.
The Frenchman also took the time to praise forward duo Giroud and Campbell, who have both been criticised by fans in the past, and was adamant there was no foul on Swans former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the build up to Koscielny’s goal.
Giroud has now scored four goals in his last five matches – his opener at Swansea was coincidentally Arsenal’s 2,000th goal under Wenger – while Campbell opened his account for the club in his first Premier League start of the season.
“That’s what you want [from Giroud]. The less we talk and more we play the better we play – that’s our job and that’s what he does,” he added.
“The second goal didn’t look a foul to me, honestly, but I have to watch it again as it’s difficult to see from outside.
“Joel Campbell took his goal really well and he is still a young player who had to wait for his chance.
“He’s adapted to Europe, been in a few leagues and come back and I like his team spirit and work rate. To show he can be on the end of things as well gives him a chance.”
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