Wenger hails Arsenal's goal hero Robin van Persie

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London, Sep 30 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hailed his goal hero Robin van Persie whose 78th-minute strike broke the deadlock against Greek champions Olympiakos.

"Thanks to him I don't need to splash cash. I believe that Robin is now a big name. He is bigger than when he arrived. They make their names here," Wenger declared. When you see who wasn't playing tonight, you see why we are not desperate," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

Andrey Arshavin's goal in 86th minute sealed the table-topping Gunners' second successive Group H win, which should have been far more convincing.

"The boss said at half-time to be patient and our moment would come. It did. But it was a big relief," Van Persies aid.

"I knew the difference would be in the last 20 minutes," Wenger.

Arshavin was clearly offside when he back-heeled in a Cesc Fabregas cross, which infuriated Olympiakos chief Zico.

"We had three French officials and a French manager of one of the teams. I don"t think the referee was biased but a goal was ffside," Zico said. (ANI)

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