Wenger delighted with three-man central defence and Arsenal's timely win
19 April, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Iris Sanchez
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ended Arsenal's run of four successive away defeats with a scratchy 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough in their Premier League clash on Monday.
Earlier, Wenger said, "For us the clarity is there - we have to win every game to have a chance to get into the top four".
They will then have to quickly switch their focus back to making up a seven-point gap on the top four with next week seeing them come up against champions Leicester City before a massive north London derby date with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, live on Sky Sports. Wenger, whose future at Emirates Stadium remains unclear even this close to the end of the season, said after the game that only maximum points from now on could give his team hope of a top-four finish.
Wenger fielded a three-man central defence for the first time in 20 years as manager, and while the new formation was not wholly convincing, Arsenal secured their first Premier League away win since January 14. The fact we conceded three at West Brom, three at Crystal Palace, I felt it was needed.
He added: "It was a testing point for us mentally, of course that was a moment where I felt that now we would see where we go".
"We were a bit over-cautious against Middlesbrough but hopefully the win over them will now give us more confidence", he said. "When you're in a lack of confidence situation you know it comes back slowly and only the results help".
He told the club's official website: "What we've done previously in the last few games hasn't been good enough".
"It's a huge honour to play for Arsenal and perhaps those amounts have stolen".
"I think due to their pride they made it a hard first half and then when they came back at us and equalised, it was a test for us". Although he has taken only two points from his five games since succeeding Aitor Karanka, Boro's performances have improved considerably and there was a second half period when they threatened to win.
"Despite sometimes hard situations, or some situations that lack clarity, we still can perform". "I think we adapted really well to it tonight and I think it worked really well for us, especially in the first half", said Oxlade-Chamberlain. "They played with such intensity I couldn't have asked for any more from them".