Wenger: Consistency is the key

Arsene Wenger insists consistency is crucial to mounting a successful title challenge after Arsenal returned to the summit with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday.

The Gunners failed to capitalise on Leicester's slip-up against Liverpool on Boxing Day after they too suffered a blip with a surprise 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

But Wenger's side bounced back against the Cherries, with goals either side of the break from Gabriel and Mesut Ozil securing a fourth victory in five matches as they went a point clear at the top of the league standings.

The Frenchman was pleased with the response he got from his players after their disappointment at St Mary's and feels it was important to get back to winning ways to keep the pressure on the Foxes, who are only in action on Tuesday against Manchester City.

"You can't go from the start of the season to the end of the season without disappointment at some stage. This [Southampton loss] was a big one. After that it is down to how well you respond and that what was at stake today," Wenger said in his post-match press conference.

"For me it is more to win the game. If we are one point ahead or one point behind it is not too important, it is more the consistency of the results and the feeling that we go on stronger and we play in a very efficient way like we did today."

Commenting on the game, he added: "It was nervy at the start because we had to swallow the 4-0 [at Southampton] and it didn't go well and I think we were focused at the start not to concede a stupid goal and got slowly into the game.

"I changed a few players and put Calum Chambers at the centre of the park so it took us a while to get going but I think in the last 70 minutes we were in control of the game and did very well."

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