Wenger ex­pects ‘even more’ from Arse­nal, Nasri

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

LONDON: Arsene Wenger be­lieves Arse­nal are ca­pa­ble of show­ing even bet­ter form as they aim to sus­tain a ti­tle chal­lenge af­ter go­ing top of the Premier League with vic­tory over Ful­ham.

Samir Nasri's bril­liant dou­ble-strike earned a 2-1 win at the Emi­rates Sta­dium on Satur­day and al­lowed Wenger's team to take ad­van­tage of Chelsea drop­ping points against Ever­ton and Manch­ester United's game at Black­pool be­ing post­poned due to snow. It means the Gun­ners are one point clear at the sum­mit de­spite fail­ing to hit top form this sea­son, yet Wenger ex­pects more im­prove­ment in the months to come. "At the moment we are where we are de­spite los­ing three games at home," Wenger said. "Ev­ery game is a cup fi­nal and if you are not ready you do not win.

"We have spirit and qual­ity but face strong op­po­si­tion, and it's down to con­sis­tency. We are far from win­ning the cham­pi­onship yet but we have the de­sire and fight.

"We are good enough to go on, that is for sure. Ev­ery sin­gle team strug­gles to be con­sis­tent." Nasri opened the scor­ing early on af­ter quick foot­work in the penalty area left Brede Han­ge­land and Aaron Hughes on their back­sides be­fore he fin­ished past Mark Sch­warzer.

Diomansy Ka­mara lev­elled be­fore the break - with Lau­rent Ko­scielny suf­fer­ing con­cus­sion in the build-up - and a shock ap­peared to be a pos­si­bil­ity. "I agree we looked vul­ner­a­ble in the air at some stages but we fin­ished the game with five strik­ers on the pitch," Wenger said. "So I ex­pected to suf­fer on the cor­ners in the air, but over­all our de­fend­ers dealt well in the sec­ond half."

Nasri grabbed the win­ner with 15 min­utes left when he weaved past cen­tre-back Hughes and full-back John Pantsil be­fore tak­ing the ball around Sch­warzer and fin­ish­ing from a tight an­gle.

"They were two ex­cep­tional goals from Samir," Wenger said. "Touch, in­tel­li­gence, spe­cial tal­ent and calm­ness. -Afp

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