Wenger hails Arsenal commitment

Goals from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas either side of half-time

proved decisive at Goodison Park on Sunday as the Gunners survived

a late fightback through Everton, who eventually broke through

courtesy of Tim Cahill. Wenger said: “The most important qualities

we showed were discipline, commitment, honest desire, 100 per cent

focus for 90 minutes. “That got us the three points – if you come

here without that you don’t get the three points. “We’ve had two

difficult away games, Wolves and here, but we have got six points

and that puts us in a good situation. The team has shown great

spirit. “We could have scored more but we were nearly punished and

we needed a few good saves from the keeper because we became a bit

too conservative. “We were hanging on a bit at the end but overall

I am satisfied with 2-1.” Despite his team’s strong position,

Wenger was not willing to look at the title picture. “Let’s get

points into our account and see where we stand at the end,” he

said. Wenger allayed fears midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is due to

join up with England this week, was removed at the interval because

of injury. The Frenchman said: “He is not injured. I wanted a

second holding player to win the second balls from the headers and

I thought he looked a bit tired today. “He will be all right to go

with England.” Wenger allayed fears that midfielder Jack Wilshere,

who is due to join up with England this week, was removed at the

interval because of injury. The Frenchman said: “He is not injured.

I wanted a second holding player to win the second balls from the

headers and I thought he looked a bit tired today. “He will be all

right to go with England.” Everton could also feel aggrieved that a

number of crucial decisions from referee Howard Webb went against

them. Steven Pienaar was denied a free-kick on the stroke of

half-time, Sebastien Squillaci was fortunate to escape a red card

after felling Louis Saha and a Saha shot appeared to strike Alex

Song’s arm. David Moyes chose not to highlight those incidents,

however, and was generally disappointed with his side’s

performance. He said: “I have not looked back at any of the

incidents. All I have got is the first view I had at the time.

“Could it have been a sending off? Some referees would have but I

haven’t seen it again so I can’t comment. “My view from the dugout

was it was a decision for the referee. He may have got it right, I

don’t know.” He added: “I can’t really feel as if we deserved an

awful lot. I don’t think we played all that well. “I didn’t think

there was much in the game before the first goal. I didn’t think

Arsenal were great and I don’t think we were. “Losing a goal just

before half-time was crucial to them and the one just after

half-time made it really difficult. “We tried to keep going, we’d

wanted to do that from the first minute but I never felt we got

into the tempo or speed of the game. “There were things which on

another day may have gone in Everton’s favour but didn’t. “I

thought we created one or two chances which on another day we might

have scored. If we’d got the goal a bit earlier then who knows?”