Wenger: ‘Style and steel’ saw Arsenal end Chelsea spell

Date published: Saturday 24th September 2016 8:43

Arsene Wenger: Hails Arsenal characteristics

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his side’s “style and steel” to overcome a recent hoodoo against Chelsea and come away with a 3-0 win at the Emirates.

First-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil were enough to earn Arsenal their first Premier League victory against Chelsea since October 2011.

The Frenchman, who celebrates his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager next week, was delighted with the performance to secure the win that moves them up to third in the table.

He told BT Sport: “I am very happy because we needed to change the recent history, I thought we did it with style and steel and that’s what we wanted. I think we were committed with discipline.

“We lost (Francis) Coquelin – and Granit Xhaka came on and straight away he was at the level of the game and that makes a big difference.

“We want to play with technical qualities and pace and I hope that this kind of performance convinces the players that we are on the right way but we still have room for improvement.”

Speaking about the central defence partnership Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny, Wenger said: “I think they had an outstanding performance, both of them are committed and intelligent, technically sound so overall I am pleased.”

Arsenal’s “style and stell” was also discussed in our Arsenal v Chelsea reaction.

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