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Arsene Wenger: 'I cannot fault my team's effort'

Wenger: 'I cannot fault team's effort'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is full of praise for his side's "effort" following their comfortable 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his team for their 'faultless effort' after they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates this afternoon.

Having failed to pick up a victory in their last four games, the Gunners produced a dominant display against the Eagles to collect all three points and move five points behind the Premier League's top four.

All four of Arsenal's goals came inside the opening 22 minutes, however, and Wenger expressed some regret that his side were unable to extend their advantage - while also conceding - in the lengthy period of football that followed.

"Overall we played our real game in the first half - good pace, good combination and we created great chances," he told reporters afterwards. "In the second half the challenge was to keep the same drive and we didn't manage to do that, but I'm happy we won the game.

"Crystal Palace were on a strong run and have only lost last twice in the 12 games, both against us. The speed of our game was good. They gave us less room in the second half, they didn't give up, so credit to them, they reorganised and gave us less room, and maybe we had less urgency in our game.

"The challenge [for the top four] is very difficult, but exciting as well. It will demand that we push ourselves in every single way. We have to put the effort in every game. I cannot fault the team for effort. The level of performance that will be demanded is extremely high."

Next up for Arsenal is the decisive second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Wednesday evening.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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