Wenger plays down row between Arsenal duo

Arsene Wenger played down the significance of an argument between Arsenal duo Gabriel and Lucas Perez following the 1-0 win against West Brom.

The two players were involved in a heated exchange as they left the pitch following the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium.

“I don’t know what it is about. I didn’t see it well,” said Gunners boss Wenger.

“But they have the South American temper and that can sometimes happen. I don’t think that anything bad happened.

“They are two good friends, very close to each other, so that is already forgotten now.”

Arsenal’s victory – secured by Olivier Giroud’s later header – was a much-needed boost following back-to-back defeats.

“Of course it was vital. If you’re under pressure before the game, West Brom is exactly the tie you don’t want,” Wenger said.

“You’re under pressure, you know they defend deep, that they are well-organised and they are resilient.

“If you don’t win for three games, it’s always difficult – although I think we lost two games under very special circumstances.

“We lost two on the trot so the confidence, of course, is hit. But it’s a good test.

“There is no season without disappointment. It is interesting to see how the team responds to disappointment.”

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