Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his after their comeback victory against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium last night.
Hatem Ben Arfa had given the visitors a 14th minute lead, but Dutch striker Robin Van Persie continued his fine form in-front of goal with an equaliser less than 60 seconds after the restart – his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions.
It was late heartbreak for Alan Pardew’s side after a huge defensive effort, but unsurprisingly Wenger was more interested in how his side managed to secure the three crucial points.
"What beat them was our relentless effort to win. I never thought we wouldn't win. I said to my assistant that we needed one more attack and we would score," said Wenger post-match.
"This was a game of absolute commitment on both sides. Newcastle are a good team and it needed something special to beat them. Newcastle tried to slow us down but we get that many times. We got five minutes extra time and that allowed us to win the game.
"We won in the last minute against Sunderland, Liverpool and now Newcastle. That shows we have absolute commitment. They are refusing to lose. That's fantastic. The team has to be credited for an excellent performance again."
The victory means Arsenal are now just one point behind North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, after Harry Redknapp’s side stuttered to three consecutive defeats against the Gunners, Manchester United and Everton.
But Wenger refused to be drawn on whether Harry Redknapp will be concerned over bragging rights in the capital, preferring to focus on his own side’s continuing push for a higher league position.
“I don't focus on Tottenham. I feel what is at stake for us is our commitment and that's all we want to do,” added the Frenchman on Arsenal’s official website.
“I don't compare us to any other team, I just think we have rebuilt confidence and belief and that will be vital in the race until the end.”
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