Wenger hails Arsenal’s relentless effort

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his side for their never say die attitude in the wake of Monday night’s comeback victory over Newcastle United, when goals from Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen put the Gunners within a point of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table, according to the BBC.

Hatem Ben Arfa put the Magpies in front in the 14th minute only for van Persie to strike back 60 seconds later. The sides remained level until the fifth minute of injury time when Vermaelen burst forward from defence, eventually meeting a cross and turning the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul to confirm the victory.

Wenger said: “They are refusing to lose. That’s fantastic. The team has to be credited for an excellent performance again. What beat them was our relentless effort to win. I never thought we wouldn’t win.

The three points leaves Arsenal breathing down the neck of Tottenham, who sit in the final Champions League place that guarantees entry into the competition at the group stage. The side that finishes fourth will face a potentially difficult tie to reach the next round, just as Arsenal did earlier this season when Udinese were the opposition, when Arsenal won 3-1 on aggregate.

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