Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was happy to get the three points against Newcastle yesterday, despite his side not being anywhere near their best.
A second-half goal from Laurent Koscielny was enough to give the title-hopefuls victory, although the hosts needed Petr Cech to make a number of smart saves to avoid the visitors from registering at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite the nature of the performance, Wenger has admitted that his side are starting to feel fatigued after a manic festive season schedule, but that to win the game was the most important thing.
“It was a difficult game against a good Newcastle side,” he told the club’s official website.
“Our legs were heavy today, I must say. Overall we were tested against a team with a lot of technical quality and our fluency was not there and our movement was not there.
“Our motto was try to stick together and win the game how we can. The mental aspect of our team and our defence mentality was tested today rather than our quality going forward.”
Arsenal now have a two-point gap at the top of the Premier League table after Leicester drew 0-0 with Bournemouth yesterday at the King Power Stadium.
The Gunners have a much-needed week off now before taking on Sunderland at home in the FA Cup next Saturday, where Wenger may well be tempted to shuffle his pack.
— Europcar Sport (@EuropcarSport) December 1, 2015