We had a slow start to the season, but progressively, we got stronger, and from January onwards we got competitive, Wenger said. We have qualified directly for next season's Champions League. But we want more. We want to challenge for the Premier League title.
The result does not change anything. With a hat-trick or without hat-trick we want him to stay, Wenger told reporters. We are in negotiations, we started to speak to his agent before he scored his hat-trick.
We feel we've made progress, Wenger told Sky Sports. Since January we feel we have moved forward again and we can show that again next season from the start. We are ready to fight for the Premier League with everybody else.
When I took him [in 2008], what I liked is the fact that he wins duels, has strength in the challenge and a strength to read the opponent's game, said Wenger. He lost his way a bit and wanted to be more of a playmaker and I think he lost some time there.
I bought him from Southampton when he was 17 because I believe in his qualities as a finisher, said Wenger. The timing of his runs is very intelligent.He is at the best age now. Being 26 to 32 as a striker is the best age and I would not like to miss that golden age.