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Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal's "mentally determined" performance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hails his side's mental strength in shrugging off their Champions League defeat to Monaco to beat Everton at the Emirates.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his side's mental strength in shrugging off Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Monaco to beat Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners find themselves with a mountain to climb in Europe after succumbing to a 3-1 first-leg loss to their Ligue 1 counterparts, but remained focused domestically as goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky helped defeat the Toffees 2-0.

Wenger told BBC Sport after the game: "We were focused, it was a mentally determined performance. You could see we suffered on Wednesday night against Monaco and that was still in our mind but we were patient, that got us a good chance and we got a good win today.

"We were a bit cautious. We just wanted to do our job and win. I am very happy with the mental aspect of our response. With the ball we could do better but the win was the focus today. We just needed the win because the result was very significant for the rest of the season."

Arsenal currently sit third in the Premier League table.


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