Wenger hails 'convincing' Arsenal win, but Gibbs looks set to miss Dortmund tie

All the latest news this morning from The Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a confident and impressive performance against their rivals Liverpool.

Liverpool were on top early on, but the mood suddenly changed after a quick Arsenal breakaway. Bacary Sagna marauded down the right flank before delivering the ball to the far-post, where Santi Cazorla was arriving. His initial effort, a powerful header, cannoned off the post and came back into his celebration path - when he then smashed in a half volley for 1-0.

Aaron Ramsey then produced a party-piece to wrap things up. He took control of a half volley on the edge of the box, and smashed home a powerful half volley beyond the helpless dive of Simon Mignolet.

It could have been more, as Arsenal continued to push for a comfortable victory - but in the end the score remained 2-0 as Arsenal go five points clear of nearest rivals Chelsea.

There was unfortunately some bad news after the game, as Arsenal’s injury concerns deepened at The Emirates.

Jack Wilshere picked up a knock to his dodgy ankle in training on Friday, which ruled him out of the game at The Emirates yesterday - meanwhile Kieran Gibbs limped out of proceedings.

Wenger had this to say about their fitness:

“Honestly, it’s too early to say. Gibbs looks muscular – that’s not good news. It is a calf problem; I don’t know how bad it is. Jack had a little ankle inflammation and maybe he will be better. We have to wait until Monday. It is not long-term.”

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Wilshere it seems missed the game as a precaution, and is likely to return for the Dortmund tie. However an early assessment on Gibbs is a three week absence and the chances of him featuring on Wednesday night look minimal.

Luckily the club have a quality replacement in reserve - with Nacho Monreal likely to deputise.

Wenger though could not be downbeat, as he praised the team’s performance against their title rivals:

‘’Today was an important win for the team, for the club, and overall nobody would dispute that we deserved to win this game. It was vital to win, I said that before the game and I don't change my mind, because had we not won people would say 'yes, Arsenal at home they cannot win the big games'. It is done, in a convincing way. ‘’

Finally, and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new deal at the club. He struggled last season but has come back from the summer in great form and been rewarded with an extension until 2018, and has apparently doubled his wages.

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