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Wenger: It Was An Important Win

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted the importance of his side’s 4-1 FA Cup quarterfinal win over Everton on Saturday.

Goals from Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta (penalty) and a late brace from Olivier Giroud saw Arsenal into the semifinals of the competition.

Wenger is hoping the victory will also inspire his side to mount a comeback in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich this coming week after losing the first leg 2-0.

“It was important for us to win, to put us in a good mind on the psychological front,” said Wenger.

“We can be inspired by our focus on the day, by our desire and go to Bayern with the same spirit.

“The statistics go against us when we go to Bayern, but let's make sure that the performance goes for us. Then we have a chance.

“We had a quality performance from the first to the last minute against a good side today.

“The first half was all us and we were unlucky to be 1-1 at half time.

“The second half, Everton started well and had a good moment in the game where they had the chance with (Ross) Barkley. We scored the second goal and then controlled the game well. We always looked like we could score more.”

Wenger also singled out the performance of Ozil who found his first goal in three months.

“Of course it's important for him (Ozil), he took his chance because sometimes you want him to take the chance because he always looks for the good pass,” added Wenger.

“I hope that will encourage him. What I liked with him is that physically he looked regenerated, having more power in his runs.

“As well I liked that he did a lot of dirty work for a player like him, that means he tracked back in the first half - especially on the counter attack he came back with long runs.

“When he behaves like that of course you have a better chance to win the game.”

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