Addressing the post-match press conference after Arsenal’s victory against Olympiacos, manager Arsene Wenger was thrilled with the massive win and revealed that it was a ‘perfect’ performance from his team. Needing to win by a two-goal margin, the Gunners turned in a quality performance to emerge 3-0 victors; and the manager expressed his opinion that it was one of the biggest triumphs of the club under his reign.
The win sees us qualify in second place in Group F, behind Bayern Munich. This means that we will be handed a relatively tough draw in the next round, where we could face the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Wenger however waved off those concerns, choosing to focus instead on the performance of his players and the immediate future, which involves games against Aston Villa and Manchester City in the Premier League.
We had a perfect performance on the tactical and mental side too. Overall it was a real team performance.
We’ll see [about the last 16]. At the moment I haven’t even looked at who we could get. We were so nearly out that I put all my focus into staying in this competition. The kind of performance tonight, in a very heated atmosphere, showed that we have great character. These games make the team stronger and this one certainly will.
It is a fantastic achievement for us. When you look at who we’ve lost in the last three weeks, we’ve lost Coquelin, Cazorla and Alexis among other long-term injuries, not many people gave us a chance. We are a real team. In the dressing room this team is very close and you could see that again today.
Yes, certainly [this is among my best results] because we needed a perfect performance to score without conceding. That is not easy because they are a good side. It will make us stronger and strengthen the belief of the squad. It is a special night for us because, as we said before the game, we were in escape mode. We needed something special and when you deliver something special it can create positive memories for the rest of the season. Maybe it’s a lucky year for us in the Champions League, you never know.
Thinking about the later stages of the Champions League right now is pointless; we have to focus our attentions on the Premier League and our injury concerns. There is also the chance that we draw tough opponents, condemning us to an early exit from the knockout stages like the last five years. However, based on yesterday’s result our team has matured significantly, and will only get stronger from here on out as more and more players start to return from injury. A Real Madrid or a Barcelona might be too much to handle, but at least we have to quality to give them a proper run for their money.