The Gunners watched all of their top-four rivals take maximum points
Monday, September 25, 2017
Arsene Wenger admitted his relief at securing three points against West Brom after the Gunners triumphed 2-0 on Monday night.
The Gunners watched all of their top-four rivals take maximum points on the weekend and faced the possibility of a four point gap to the Champions League spots with a loss.
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in either half as the hosts saw off an impressive Baggies outfit.
But having manoeuvred their way past Tony Pulis’ men, Wenger felt it was vital his side prevented a gap from developing, despite the season being in its infancy.
“It’s not easy when everybody else wins and you absolutely have to win on Monday night,” Wenger told talkSPORT.
“Overall, I think West Brom played very well. They were very organised, very strong in the challenges and very direct and dangerous.
“In the second half, I think it was more one-way traffic on our side and we played very well after that.
“But we were in less trouble in the second half than we were in the first and overall we got a very important three points.”
Prior to taking the lead through Alexandre Lacazette, West Brom were denied a clear penalty after striker Jay Rodriguez was brought down by Shkodran Mustafi.
The Baggies impressed in the first half and Wenger conceded the visitors were hard done by referee Bobby Madley.
“I am not the referee,” Wenger added.
“The referee left the advantage. It’s the type of decision we have to live with.”