'They are getting better and better' - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises his stars after thumping victory over Latics

As the Gunners extend their unbeaten run to seven games, the Frenchman hails his team after goals from Arteta, Vermaelen, Gervinho & Van Persie see of the Lactics
Arsenal returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-0 win over Wigan, that sees the Gunners extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.

After a shaky opening 10 minutes the Gunners never looked like losing the DW Stadium clash and two goals in as many minutes on the half hour mark from Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen put the Gunners on the road to victory.

“Wigan started well,” Wenger admitted to reporters.

“They were creating some dangerous situations but after 10-15 mins we took control of the game and never lost that control.

“We had a good team performance defensively and offensively, and the confidence is there, you could feel that in the way we played today.

“I can only congratulate the team, they are getting better and better.”

Arsenal controlled large parts of the game and dominated the second half, before Gervinho and then Arsenal captain Robin van Persie added the third and fourth goals to seal a comfortable victory.

“I am happy that Gervinho scored,” the Frenchman continued.

“I am happy that we scored goals of course but as well that some other players score and that Robin van Persie scored as well.

“It is good for the morale of the team, I know that they can score but it is good for them to get on the score sheet.”

In previous seasons the north Londoners have come unstuck at Wigan, being held 2-2 last season and surrendering a two goal lead to lose 3-2 the year before that, but that never looked on the cards today, although Wenger admitted it was at the back of his mind.

“I had that in my memory when it was 2-0 and they started strongly in the second half.

“That happened to us before but I just felt today we had too much for Wigan and that we looked solid at the back, we didn’t lose any duels and therefore we were less under threat defensively.

“But I must say the pitch is better here than it was years ago and that helps us as well.”

The victory sees Arsenal stay on course to battle for a place in the top four, with Wenger hopeful that they can secure another Champions League spot but the Frenchman knows they must remain consistent if they are to get ahead of rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“I’m confident we can achieve it [Champions League qualification],” he added.

“It looks at the moment that all the teams up front win comfortably so it will be down to the teams that are the most consistent.

“We look at the scores today, the teams that in front of us like Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City have all won with two, three, four goals difference so that means it will be down to who is the most consistent.”