Arsene Wenger shares his 'relief'

Arsene Wenger has express his 'relief' at Arsenal going through to the group stage of the Champions League, after a hard-fought victory at Udinese saw them into the big time, and gave them an extra £25million to play with.

Arsenal came back from 1-0 down to beat the Italians 2-1, thanks to second half goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, ending a rocky start to the season that saw some in the press question whether Wenger might have to quit. Certainly some Arsenal fans were of a similar mind.

'(There is) relief of course, we don't want to go out - and pride as well, because we had our backs to the wall and responded very well,' said Wenger. 'It showed that under pressure this team can respond with football.

'There are many questions around our club, if we had gone out tonight it would have been much worse. It was important not financially, like many people have said, but more for the fact we want to play at the top level.

'We live in a society where everybody has an opinion on everything. I'm like somebody who flies a plane for 30 years and I have to accept that somebody can come into the cockpit and thinks he can fly the plane better than I do.

'But that's part of our job and we have to accept that. I just would like to say that the club is in overall a very strong position because tonight, for 15 years on the trot, we play in the Champions League.'

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