Arsenal manager praises team’s maturity after 7-1 win over Blackburn

Arsenal FC were strong favourites to win Saturday’s lunchtime game against Blackburn, although the north London team served up seven goals to ensure that the home supporters went home happy.

Arsenal manager praises team’s maturity after 7-1 win over Blackburn

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February 4th, 2012

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Arsene Wenger is enduring his toughest season in charge of the Gunners despite the fact that landing fourth place in the Premier League is a possibility and that the team are in the Champions League – something that Manchester City and Manchester United can’t claim.

However, Saturday’s big win was a big confidence-booster and Wenger praised his team’s mature approach after the match.

“I feel that recently we have had good performances but didn’t always get results,” said Wenger.

“Today was the performance and the result that we wanted. I do not give much importance to seven goals, just that we won and played well.

“We remained serious and we were guided buy the way we wanted to play football and not by any extravagant individualism.

“We were mature, serious and played together until the end.”

While Robin Van Persie will grab the headlines after his hat-trick, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain once again demonstrated why Arsenal took a gamble on the former Southampton youngster with a brace.

“Providing today was as important as scoring and the flanks provided very well,” said Wenger.

“He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] was not ready early in season. He has made a big step in the last months.

“He produces and he contributes to the build up, to the defending and he has improved very quickly. He’s a fighter as well.

“He played like a guy who had talent in September but is much more mature now”.

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