Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out with delight after his team beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium yesterday to keep their Premier League title ambitions alive.
The Gunners are depleted at the moment, with Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez the latest players to suffer injuries.
Goals from Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey were enough to seal victory and take advantage of other title hopefuls slipping up.
Wenger admitted that he was nervous in the build-up to the game and that Arsenal needed to win after drawing with Norwich 1-1 the week prior.
“In my mind I was a little bit more nervous than usual because I felt it was a pivotal game,” he told the club’s official website.
“It was our first game without the injured players and we absolutely had to win.
“We played against a difficult team who were well organised and good on the break, so all the ingredients were there for a disappointing result. Because we hadn’t won for three games people would have said we were in a crisis, so it was important to get the win.”
The Gunners have a critical trip to face Olympiakos in Greece in midweek, with a comprehensive win needed to salvage their ailing Champions League campaign and ensure progression through to the knockout rounds.
The win lifts Arsenal into second place, two points behind Leicester, with Wenger’s charges travelling to take on basement dwellers Aston Villa next weekend.