Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his verdict on his side’s late win over Southampton, with the Gunners boss admitting he is relieved to have recorded three points when a draw looked most likely.
The game looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw, but Santi Cazorla scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time to give the North London side three invaluable points and rob the Saints of anything.
The win lifts Arsenal’s points tally to seven from their opening four games and ensures that the Emirates Stadium side stay within touching distance of the early pacesetters.
Wenger confessed that his side started slowly in the clash and there is improvements that can be made, but that the most important thing in this instance was that the side were victorious.
“Look, we had a little bit of a slow start and after 20 minutes we were 1-0 down, so we came back well into the game and we had a good response,” he told the club’s official website.
“In the second half I felt we dominated well again and created many dangerous situations but couldn’t score.
“Because we threw everything forward we were always a little bit under threat on the counter-attack of Southampton and in the end we got the penalty, so it’s a relief.
“When you lose your first home game, you cannot afford to drop points in the second home game because it creates a little bit of anxiety at home and that’s not what we really want.”
Arsenal now start their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night with a tough trip to face French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in Group A.