Wenger: Arsenal were rewarded

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Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal were deservedly rewarded with three points against Marseille due to their second-half perseverance.

Aaron Ramsey scored a stoppage time winner for the Gunners in the Stade Veledrome to put the north Londoners in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal are now one point clear at the top of Group F with seven points from three games, and a win in their next outing will ensure progression.

Slowly, but surely, Arsenal are rebuilding their confidence after a torrid start to the domestic season, and victory in France will only further inspire Wenger's troops.

And, despite the dramatic nature of their triumph over Marseille, the Arsenal boss says his side were good value for the win.

"We left it very late but we had a difficult start," he said. "We lost some balls in the first half due to the fact Marseille pressed us well.


They didn't find their fluency but in the second half we took over and I don't think Marseille were dangerous at all [after half-time].

"Marseille defended very well but you could see in the last 15 minutes we created some chances and were rewarded because we kept going and got an important victory."

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