Wenger hails Arsenal's character
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Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Arsenal's character after his side battled to claim a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Wenger has often complained that teams like Blackburn, managed by his old rival Sam Allardyce, are allowed to kick Arsenal into submission.

Rovers once again sought to use aggression to their advantage against the Gunners, but Wenger was impressed with the way his players overcame Blackburn's physical tactics by sticking to their own purist principles.

"I'm convinced we have more experience in the box but no matter who you are, they (Blackburn) give you a strong test," Wenger said. "We were a bit lucky at some stages but overall we showed really good commitment."

Wenger was delighted with the performance of England winger Theo Walcott, who opened the scoring in the first half, and he said: "I must give credit to him, he's a young boy and will only improve."

We were a bit lucky at some stages but overall we showed really good commitment.
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

The only concern for Wenger as his side maintained their unbeaten start to the season was the injury that forced Dutch forward Robin van Persie to come off in the first half.

Wenger believes Van Persie could be facing eight to 10 days out with a twisted ankle. He also ruled out any more signings before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. "At the moment it's all dead. For us the transfer period is already over," he said.

Rovers boss Allardyce was disappointed not to have taken a point from the match and said: "Scoring more goals is the only thing we have slipped up on. We were slightly disappointed we haven't taken advantage of our first-half performance to get a lead because I thought we deserved it, but you can't switch off for a split-second against Arsenal and that's what's happened.

"Overall it was a very, very good performance. Look at the open play statistics and how many times we got into the final third. It's nothing to do with the perception of long balls.

"The long balls come from Paul Robinson on dead balls but in open play we were getting in behind them for fun in the first half - we just couldn't produce the final ball enough."