Arsenal hit back to beat Stoke and move top

Dec 14, 2016, 04:15

Alex Iwobi completed victory to lift Arsenal top on goals scored above Chelsea, who go in search of a ninth consecutive win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. But we are in there.

"We are in there no matter what the results will be". There have been very few occasions where we have created so many chances as we did against a very good Arsenal side.

It was bound to come at some point but it couldn't have happened at a worst period in the campaign - Arsenal's nearly yearly injury crisis.

We finished second in the league.

"We were not too bad a year ago but I believe we have improved".

"We started brightly and we have that quality to hurt teams, even the best teams, and we showed that".

"We have scored many goals this week and had an excellent run, so let's keep the focus and keep it going on", Wenger told BBC Sport.

With a visit to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday they should retain top spot ahead of next weekend's games. If you can do that then sometimes you can frustrate the crowd as well because it's not one of the most vociferous places to go to, so you can use that to your benefit, and we are going to have a great following as well.

Arsene Wenger has said that Shkodran Mustafi will be out for at least 21 days with a hamstring injury he picked up against Stoke City in Arsenal's win 3-1 over the Potters.

"When you analyse our season a year ago we did very well at home against the top five teams but we dropped points against teams placed between fifth and 12th at home - mid-table teams".

Psychologically it is hard to win when you have to win, when everybody expects you to win.

Wenger will be without the impressive German global Skohdran Mustafi, who went off in the 3-1 win over Stoke with a hamstring injury, which will be music to the ears of Belgian worldwide Romelu Lukaku.

With Theo Walcott drawing Arsenal level before half-time, and Mesut Özil putting the home side ahead after the break, talk soon turned to whether Xhaka should have been punished more severely.

The referee played the advantage, allowing the Arsenal youngster to wrap up the points with a right-foot finish.

The club have been utilising the services of psychologist and former Oxford United centre half Ceri Evans, who has also worked with the world champion New Zealand rugby team. "We have a chance to fight at the top".

"I think we deserved to win because we dominated the second half". Despite that we came back and won the game.

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