Wenger hails Ramsey impact
ARSENE Wenger paid tribute to Aaron Ramsey for inspiring Arsenal to a victory at the Liberty which he felt they deserved.
The Gunners kept hold of top spot in the Premier League after edging a tight contest which only sparked into life after the break.
The in-form Ramsey was a key man for Arsenal, the former Cardiff player silencing the Liberty boo-boys by creating the first goal for Serge Gnabry and scoring what proved to be the winner.
Ramsey's fellow Welsh international Ben Davies pulled one back for Swansea eight minutes from time but, despite late pressure, Michael Laudrup's men could not salvage a point.
"The first half was difficult," Wenger conceded.
"Swansea played well. They were sharper than us and we did not play with enough purpose.
"In the second half we played in a more compact way and took advantage every time we won the ball. We had the chance to counter and be dangerous.
"I think we have seen a different Arsenal this season — we are more clinical and playing with more purpose.
"We hung on a bit in the last 15 minutes, but I felt we deserved to win."
Ramsey's latest starring role continued his sensational start to the season.
The 22-year-old was criticised by his own fans at times last term, but his performance at the Liberty left Jamie Redknapp comparing him to Arsenal greats Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas.
"Let's not forget, his career was disturbed by a big injury and you need to have patience," Wenger added.
"After that people were impatient and put pressure on him when he had bad games, but I believe that was the turning point — when he was questioned.
"It is always an important period in the life of a footballer. Can you get back to basics and work harder? Or do you feel sorry for yourself and give up?
"When I saw him respond how he did I always knew he could come back that's why I kept faith in him.
"He has improved his technique and does not rush his decisions. For example his goal needed a good first touch and a quick finish, and he did not rush it. He showed his confidence."
Arsenal were hammered having lost their opening game of the season at home to Aston Villa, but they have not been beaten since and are now being mentioned as title contenders.
"We have the desire, you can see that," Wenger said.
"It's early stages — we have only played six games — but I would have signed up to have 15 points now after losing the first game.
"Let's just try to keep going. We have a chance but it is very open.
"You can add Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton to the top four this season I think, so it will be very interesting.
"What has changed to years before is that at 80 per cent you will not beat any team in the Premier League.
"You have to be between 95 and 100 per cent to win, and that means it promises to be a very interesting season."