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Arsene Wenger: This is why the first half against Chelsea was "nearly perfect"

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side's first half performance against Chelsea was "nearly perfect".

The Gunners produced some breathtaking football to score three goals in the first 40 minutes of the game.

The are still five points behind leaders Manchester City but have consolidated their place as one of the best teams in the domestic league.

"I feel, especially in the first half, we wanted to play with high pace, put them under pressure, play at a very high collective connection and speed of passing - it worked quite well," Wenger explained.

"It's one of those moments in your life as a manager where you think 'today is a great day'. In the first half, I think it was nearly perfect.

"In the second half it was a bit in-and-out but in the first half, we have shown great quality. We played with style, with pace, with movement - and that's the kind of football we want to play.

"I felt that in the last three weeks, our team was on the way up. Today was a good test for us to see if that's real, if we could continue to move upwards.

"Would Chelsea stop our progression? Overall the quality of our performance today confirmed that we are on the way up. From the goalkeeper to the centre forward, today you cannot fault any performance. Now let's continue to improve.

"There's still room for improvement. Let's show as well that we can defend together the style of football we want to play."

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