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Wenger hails Arsenal spirit

By Football News



Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised his side's fighting spirit after they came from behind to post a 3-1 win over Norwich on Saturday.

A Michael Turner goal saw Wenger's side trailing heading into the last five minutes of the match at Emirates Stadium, but a controversial penalty to Mikel Arteta levelled proceedings before late goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners all three points.

The win moved Arsenal above Chelsea and Spurs into third place in the Premier League, and Wenger was pleased with the fight shown by his team.

"We really wanted to win this game. In the end our fantastic spirit got us there," Wenger told Sky Sports.

"Norwich are a team that give very little chances and we missed a few chances. It was a good game.

"Every game in the Premier League is difficult to win. They did fight like mad and you have to congratulate Norwich for the fighting spirit they have shown today.

"They kept going no matter what happened, and we knew that."

Wenger claimed not to have seen the incident that led to the penalty, when Kei Kamara pulled Giroud in the box, and the spot-kick was awarded by the linesman, not referee Mike Jones.

"Honestly, from what I saw, I saw nothing," the Frenchman said. "Everybody tells me it was a penalty, so I take it on board and say well done.

"That is why they are a team. The one who sees it gives it. The referee cannot see everything and the assistants justified their name."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton, meanwhile, was livid with the decision to award Arsenal the penalty.

"The linesman gives the penalty from 50 yards. You have a referee who is 10 yards away who chose not to give it," Hughton said.

"What Kei Kamara has certainly done is end up playing the ball. Yes, of course, there is a little bit of contact, but I think the contact is maybe a little bit both ways.

"The referee was 10 yards away and the linesman gives it from 45-50 yards away. I find that incredible."

Hughton did, however, praise his team for taking it up to the home side.

"I thought we were excellent today, really. I couldn't fault the attitude and the aptitude of our players," he said.