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Arsene Wenger on an impressive week, injuries and why Olivier Giroud is underestimated


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was a "bit anxious" ahead of yesterday's game against Aston Villa.

The Gunners rounded off a perfect week with a comfortable 2-0 win at Villa Park.

And the Frenchman, who again confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will soon be back from injury, was delighted after his side produced a very convincing display to battle past Remi Garde's men.

"I was a bit anxious today as we had given a lot on Wednesday and came back very, very late on Thursday morning," Wenger explained.

"I know that Villa was fighting to survive and it was maybe a set of important points to win against a team low on confidence.

"[At] 2-0 at half-time, I knew the second half would be more difficult and then they did well and there were some opportunities for Aston Villa, but we didn't manage to score the third goal.

"Overall, it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don't worry, I have already had a few bad weeks so it balances itself out a little bit.

"I believe [Olivier Giroud] he is at the top of his game and he is questioned sometimes. Finally, the numbers get people to realise he is a good player.

"[With] Petr Cech they didn't need [the numbers] but for Giroud [he needs it]. He has improved, his link play is better and when we have the option for a long ball he is a very interesting option.

"[He does not get so much praise] because he does not have electric pace. He is more of a player who plays with his back to goal and brings other people in, so maybe he is spectacular individually with his runs without the ball. He is very efficient and a very important player for the team. He is also mentally very strong.

"[Injuries?] The closest to having a chance is Alexis. Medically, we think - my people think, he will not be ready [for Manchester City] but Alexis being Alexis, you never know."

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