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Wenger: Win was all about spirit
Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal's character as they came from behind to snatch yet another last-gasp victory in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.
It was the fourth Barclays Premier League game that Arsenal have come from behind to win and they looked set to blow their chance to move within one point of bitter rivals Tottenham when they wasted a number of chances in the second half. Robin van Persie had equalised Hatem Ben Arfa's opener before Thomas Vermaelen scored in the 95th minute to seal a vital win.
"It was an exceptional night because the pleasure is even more intense when you win in the final minute of the game when you have given everything," Arsenal manager Wenger said. "We won in the last minute at Sunderland, Liverpool and now Newcastle. That shows we have absolute commitment."
Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Gervinho were all guilty of wasting gilt-edged opportunities in the second half, but Wenger was delighted with the way his side kept going.
"They are refusing to lose. That's fantastic," Wenger added. "That shows that we have quality and spirit. It was a relentless effort from the first to the last minute.
"The tempo was top level. We kept going until the last second and we managed to win the game.
"The fact that we did it before shows that we have a complete and total commitment to do everything we can and give absolutely everything."
Newcastle were booed for time-wasting throughout - something which Van Persie appeared to taunt Tim Krul about after Arsenal had snatched the win.
The pair, international team-mates with Holland, were both booked after squaring up to each other and Krul had to be restrained after the final whistle.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: "I don't really know what went on. When you get a last-minute goal things spill over and it all got a little bit silly."