Wenger hails 'perfect' Arsenal triumph

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Arsene Wenger has hailed the performance of his Arsenal players as 'perfect' following a quite stunning 5-2 victory over north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had fallen behind 2-0 somewhat undeservedly as goals from Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor handed Spurs a significant advantage in the first half.

But Arsenal fought back valiantly as a header from Bacary Sagna and an exquisite finish from Robin van Persie restored parity shortly before the interval.

The impressive Tomas Rosicky put Arsenal ahead after the break, before two goals from Theo Walcott completed a sensational afternoon for the Gunners.

Wenger has been forced to take the brunt of the criticism for his side's failings in recent weeks, and they were at arguably their lowest ebb during his tenure after losing 4-0 to AC Milan almost two weeks ago.

But the Frenchman had faith in his players to transform a seemingly faltering season, and they responded in kind against Spurs to climb back into the top four of the Premier League.

And Wenger afforded his charges the praise they deserved after securing bragging rights over their local rivals.

"Arsenal are alive more than anybody thought before the game," Wenger told

"Today we gave a performance that on the spirit side, the technical side, the drive of the whole team, on the style of the game we want to play everything was perfect despite a very bad start.

"I felt in the first five minutes Tottenham started well, after that it was all us for 85 minutes.

"We were always on top of the game. We were 2-0 down but refused to lose the game and kept going no matter what happened.

"Once we were back to 2-2 you could see that if we maintained the pace, we would win the game.

"We had a good balance between offence and defence, between creativity and going into the space behind the defenders and good maturity.

"We had a great spirit. I must say the way we want to play football depends on the pitch and this was the first time in three games that we played on a football pitch that is really a football pitch. That helps as well."

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