Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a little underwhelmed by his sides performance in their 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
But his side just keep grinding out results.
The Arsenal boss acknowledged his team were “good in the first half and excellent in the second” in the victory that keeps the Gunners top, but admits the pressure is building on his side as the title race heats up.
“The pressure is there but it is a positive one,” Wenger told reporters. “I believe it is important to keep focused on the way we want to play and our solidarity in the side which is exceptional and that will get us the points.”
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Arsenal are certainly solid, as the win over Fulham their third-straight 2-0 win at home across all competitions. Arsenal have the best defensive record in the league, having only conceded 19 times in 22 games, and have now kept seven clean sheets from their 11 home games. Remarkably they’ve only conceded one home goal since October 19.
It’s stats like those that win you titles.
When asked about Arsenal’s title aspirations Wenger was coy and instead preferred to look at the Gunners main rivals for a first Championship since 2003-04.
“Man City is a good team as well so that makes the race even more interesting,” Wenger said. “There are five or six teams who will fight for the Championship. From our side we just need to be consistent.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.