Wenger: Arsenal players coped well with ‘edgy atmosphere’

Date published: Saturday 11th February 2017 2:53 - Joe Williams

Arsene Wenger admits there was an “edgy atmosphere” around the Emirates Stadium in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Hull on Saturday.

The Gunners took the lead somewhat fortuitously through a handball into the net from Alexis Sanchez before the Chilean converted a penalty late on after Sam Clucas was sent off for blocking the ball on the line with his hand.

And Wenger was pleased to overcome the difficult atmosphere coupled with the challenge posed from a tough Hull outfit.

“I felt we were resilient, focused,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “It was not easy against a good side. There was an edgy atmosphere but as a player you have to cope with that.”

When asked whether he thought his side had some good fortune in the victory, he responded: “Maybe. Sorry for that but I cannot influence that.

“Our job is not to focus too much on what is said and focus on what we are responsible – the performance on the pitch.”

Gunners boss Wenger was happy with the performance until his side went 1-0 up.

“We played very well until we were 1-0 up, afterwards we became a little bit more cautious.

“We were resilient, focused, played a little bit nervous and you could see that, even our crowd was of course nervous but on top of that we played against a good side.”

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