Despite coming back to thump Leicester 5-2, Arsene Wenger was keen to acknowledge the match, especially in the opening stages, wasn’t as straight forward as we would have hoped.
Arsenal went 1-0 in the 13th minute to a goal from Vardy and our positioning was all over the place. After the match, Wenger hailed the Foxes’ strong start and admitted he wasn’t entirely comfortable with our display during the opening stages of the game.
“I want us to score goals but I must say Leicester played well and to play a good football game there needs to be two teams,” the boss said.
“They had the stronger start, they pushed us on our back foot from the start when they scored the first goal and I must say I was concerned after that as I thought they were close to scoring a second one and it would have made it difficult.”
Thankfully, a goal from Theo Walcott five minutes later put us back on level terms and despite a second from Vardy later on in the match, our attack was too much for Leicester to handle.
“We found the resources to equalise and after that our technical quality and the pace of our strikers gave them problems and we managed to make it 2-1 before half-time,” continued Wenger.
“In the second half we controlled the game and looked always like we could add another one.”
The win has seen up leapfrog Leicester and break into the top four, level on points with West Ham in third.
The win wasn’t only important in terms of the table, but the performance itself was strong, confidence and a positive sign that we’re getting to where we need to be.