Wenger salutes Arsenal nerve

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Arsene Wenger paid tribute to his side's character after they defeated Roma 7-6 on penalties.

Boss hails side's character after 7-6 shoot-out win at Roma

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger paid tribute to his side's character after they advanced to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League via a penalty shoot-out win over Roma. The Gunners' encounter at Stadio Olimpico went to extra-time and then spot-kicks after Juan's goal on the night meant the tie was level at 1-1 on aggregate. Wenger's men were not at their attacking best in Rome, but the Frenchman reserved praise for the steel demonstrated after a nerve-wracking 7-6 triumph on penalties. He told Sky Sports: "It was very close, we needed to show nerves tonight and determination because we were a bit nervous at the start and gave a goal away. "(It is difficult) to knock a team out who organises the final. Both sides gave absolutely everything.

Mental strength

"We missed the first penalty. I must pay tribute to the nerves of my team. There is something in there that comes out and that is huge mental strength. "Our character has been questioned many times, but since November I have said many times that we are still extremely strong. "It was a very edgy game to manage today. I must say they played very well as well. They defended extremely well. "We are determined to reach the final but let's continue our progress and focus on Blackburn first."

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