WENGER WOBBLE ENDED BY IWOBI; Smart Alex Answers the Arsenal Doubters

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WENGER WOBBLE ENDED BY IWOBI; Smart Alex Answers the Arsenal Doubters


Byline: STEVE BATES at Goodison Park

EVERTON 0 ARSENAL 2 Welbeck 7, Iwobi 42 TEENAGER Alex Iwobi put a smile back on Arsene Wenger's face as his Arsenal stars ended a week from hell with a classy win.

Wenger is too long in the tooth to show much emotion when the tide finally turns his way, but goals from strikers Danny Welbeck and 19-year-old Iwobi appeared to lift the Frenchman more than usual.

Wenger saw his side knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford and the Champions League by Barcelona in the days before arriving at Goodison, and many Arsenal fans are hoping he'll get the same treatment. But when the Gunners play like this, those calls have a hollow ring.

Wenger said: "You lose and it is disastrous, but now let's push on and show we are ready for a fight.

"Today we were backs to the wall, but we responded well so I am pleased that mentally we responded under pressure.

"The character of my players was questioned and if we hadn't won we knew we were out of the title race.

"Mathematically we still have a title chance, and let's not forget we have a game in hand at home.

"We are not flavour of the week but if we don't believe no one will do it for us."

Just as Arsenal's season was about to cave in Wenger had the good fortune to run into a team who make his Jekyll and Hyde side look normal.

A week after Chelsea were hustled out of the FA Cup, a different Everton turned up.

This was the lacklustre, off-thepace version their fans have seen too many times this season and if Wenger is in trouble, where does this result put Blues boss Roberto Martinez? American crooners The Drifters treated fans to a tuneful half time - and there could not have been a more aptly-named band to appear.

Martinez said: "It's so frustrating to see such contrasting performances from seven days ago, when we had an intensity and were joyful.

"We were pedestrian. We looked like the team that played on Wednesday and travelled in Europe and Arsenal looked the fresh team. …

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