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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Arsene Wenger hails Robin van Persie, praises Theo Walcott and Gervinho

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Gunners showed mental strength, on Saturday, in their 1-2 win against Norwich City.

Speaking to Arsenal Player immediately after the game, the Frenchman declared that his players didn’t give up and recovered in style after falling behind in the first half of the game with Dutch striker Robin van Persie again the hero for the Gunners as he grabbed his 31st goal in the Premier League, in 2011.

Asked if he ever managed a striker who was scoring so many goals in such a short period of time, the Arsenal boss smiled as he admitted that the Dutchman is in an exceptional moment of form but also how credit should be given to the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho who continue to supply the striker in every single game.

On the Englishman, Wenger concluded by saying that people sometimes forget that he’s only 22 as he praised the youngster for showing more efficiency with his final ball, his dribbling, his passing and also his decision-making.
On Saturday, the manager said:
I feel it was a good game, where both teams were dynamic, going forward create chances especially in our side.

We were mentally tested because we had clear chances yet we were one-nil down and then to come back, away from home, and win the game is always difficult.

We did it, in style, and I feel as well, in the second half when we were two-one up, we controlled the game and overall we looked quite solid today.

[If I ever had a striker on this kind of run?] Never. But I must say I want to give credit to [Theo] Walcott and Gervinho today as they created chances.

Robin is an exceptional intelligent player and he always makes the right decisions, in a fraction of second.

When you think he chipped the ball with his right foot today, when he’s a pure left-footed player … it’s exception what he’s doing.

[Theo Walcott showing consistency?] Yes, he’s more efficient, in his final ball, in his dribbling, in his passing, in his decision-making and he’s growing as well.
People are surprised but he’s 22-years-old and because the expectations are always so high on him.

He is now already at a level where usually people start [yet] he has already International experience.

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