Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners have proved their worth in the title race after coming back from being a goal down to win their Boxing Day game against West Ham 3-1.
It was a decisive moment for Arsenal, winless in their last four games in all competitions and needed the win to get their title campaign back on track. The victory at Upton park takes Arsenal back on top of the Premier league with Liverpool losing against Manchester City at the Etihad. Carlton Cole had put West Ham ahead after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spilled the ball and the towering striker was at hand to put the Baggies on top.
However, the Gunners pushed forward and rode on the back of a Theo Walcott brace to come back from a losing position for the first time this season to recover three crucial points. Lukas Podolski, who is back after a three-month lay-off, scored the third goal to put the game to bed. Wenger revealed that he was worried by the turn of events but had confidence in his team to show their true colours. The Frenchman insists that the result shows that they are true contenders for the title and will fight till the very end.
"Yes. For us we have another good game now on Sunday at Newcastle who are in full confidence as well so that will be another test. The team wants to do well and the character is great. The concentration is top. I believe we had a difficult period just now but honestly that was mainly down to the schedule we had. I think that the schedule was absolutely horrendous but we can show that in the future," Wenger told www.arsenal.com.
"That was a kind of game that of course many people would have questioned us had we not won today and even more if we had lost. When you do not win for four games it's important to come back for the confidence level of your environment and yourself as well to win," he concluded.