• Premier League

Wenger hails 'exceptional' Arsenal

ESPN staff
February 26, 2012
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can still finish third in the Premier League © PA Photos

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his side's character after a dramatic comeback victory over Tottenham.

Arsenal looked to be heading for defeat when Spurs took a two-goal lead through Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor, but two goals in three minutes from Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie got the Gunners back on level terms before goals from Tomas Rosicky and a brace from Theo Walcott sealed a superb 5-2 victory.

Coming into the game on the back of defeats to AC Milan and Sunderland, many saw the home side as the underdogs against high-flying Tottenham, but Wenger believes his side had too much quality for their north London rivals.

"It was a performance full of everything you want from your team," Wenger told Sky Sports. "It had team spirit, technique, resilience. It was an exciting game, we had a difficult start but kept going and showed great character again today.

"When you're 2-0 down against a team in front of you with the quality they have, you need something exceptional. We refused to lose today, we kept going and in the end I think we had too much quality and drive."

Tottenham had the chance to move 13 points clear of Arsenal, but the Gunners are now just seven points behind, and Wenger refused to rule out the possibility of finishing third.

"Mathematically we can come back," he said. "If we're consistent, anything is possible."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.