Arsenal could not afford to shed to Manchester United, based on Arsene Wenger, who dismissed their north London derby reverse against Tottenham final weekend as a “blip”.
Granit Xhaka’s deflected 54th-minute opener and Danny Welbeck’s header three minutes later against his former club secured a 2-0 victory at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and ended United’s 24-match unbeaten run inside the Premier League.
Additionally, it gave Wenger a long-awaited maiden top-flight victory over Jose Mourinho – some thing the veteran Frenchman downplayed.
“It’s in between two teams at the finish on the day, that’s what I make of it,” he told a post-match news conference, in which he highlighted the recent upturn that was interrupted by a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.
“It was significant since we lost at Tottenham. That did not happen lots of instances,” he mentioned.
“You play Man United in another massive game and we could not afford to drop and we responded.
“Recently we won at Middlesbrough, we won against Manchester City inside the semi-final in the FA Cup, we won against Leicester, we won right now.
“We only had just 1 blip. I consider it was a bit physical but general we appear a bit extra steady.”
Arsenal head to Southampton on Wednesday recognizing victory more than opponents who handily held third-placed Liverpool earlier on Sunday will lift them above United and into fifth.
Additional ambitions from Welbeck would undoubtedly assist their result in just after the injury plagued striker netted for a second time within the Premier League this season, capping a dynamic show as Arsenal’s attacking spearhead.
“I’m satisfied for Danny,” added Wenger, who conceded the motivation given to Welbeck by matches against his old employers was a element in his selection.
“You know whenever you play at centre-forward you want objectives, so hopefully that will give him self-confidence.”