Arsenal: Arsene Wenger delighted with character

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quick to praise his side after they came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The Gunners found themselves a goal down in the 40th minute when Matt Jarvis managed to find the back of the net from close range. With the pressure on, Lukas Podolski fired Wenger’s side level just before the break.

Wenger’s half-time team-talk seemed to inspire his players and they pulled away from their opponents with further strikes from Olivier Giroud and Podolski.

The three points ensured Arsenal returned to the top four but it could be short lived as Everton host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Both sides are fighting it out for the final Champions League spot, and with the likes of Aaron Ramsey returning Arsenal will be confident they can pull it off.

Arsenal’s win gave them their second comeback victory in a week, after they beat Wigan on penalties to reach the FA Cup final.

Speaking after the win, Wenger admitted he was delighted with his team’s response.

He told Sky Sports: “In the first half it was difficult but the vital thing was to come back just before half-time to 1-1 and in the second half we controlled it well.

“Overall, it’s a hard-fought win but a very, very important one and as well, a very pleasant (one) because after the Saturday game we had to dig deep with some players and they showed a great mental response.”

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