Arsene Wenger delighted to see Arsenal dig deep in Norwich win
Arsene Wenger was delighted with the spirit displayed by his Arsenal side as they came from behind to beat Norwich 3-1.
Last Updated: 14/04/13 7:52am
Michael Turner nodded the Canaries in front at Emirates Stadium, but the visitors suffered a late collapse to leave north London empty-handed.
Mikel Arteta restored parity from the penalty spot five minutes from time, before a Sebastien Bassong own goal and a stoppage-time effort from Lukas Podolski saw Arsenal to a fourth straight win.
Victory for the Gunners also saw them climb above capital rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table.
A buoyant Wenger told Sky Sports afterwards on a dramatic finish to the game: "Anything could happen because we had to throw everything forward. On counter-attacks we were outnumbered a few times, but we really wanted to win this game. In the end our fantastic spirit got us there.
"Norwich are a team that give very little chances and we missed a few chances. It was a good game.
"Every game in the Premier League is difficult to win. They did fight like mad and you have to congratulate Norwich for the fighting spirit they have shown today. They kept going no matter what happened, and we knew that."
On a controversial penalty award which saw Kei Kamara pulled up for a tug on Olivier Giroud by the assistant referee, rather than man in middle Mike Jones, Wenger added: "Honestly, from what I saw, I saw nothing. Everybody tells me it was a penalty, so I take it on board and say well done.
"That is why they are a team. The one who sees it gives it. The referee cannot see everything and the assistants justified their name."
Arsenal would appear to be well on course to book themselves a return to UEFA Champions League competition for 2013/14, but Wenger insists they will be taking nothing for granted.
He said: "We just won another game. We have a target, to win one game after another. Today was very important for us. We have another big target on Tuesday, and let's continue with the same attitude. We have a chance to get there.
"It's down to us to win it. To win it you want a positive attitude in every game and that is what we will do until the end of the season."