Wenger hails Gunners after Alkmaar rout

<strong>ARSENAL</strong> vs <strong>AZ ALKMAAR (1)</strong><br /><br />ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger hailed his free-flowing side after they all but booked their place in the Champions League last 16 with a stylish display.<br /><br />Two goals from Cesc Fabregas and strikes from Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby ensured the Gunners crept ever closer to reaching the knockout stages for a tenth successive season.<br /><br />Only a series of freak results will stop Wenger&rsquo;s men in their tracks now &ndash; and that comes as no surprise to the Frenchman, who believes his side are primed for bigger things.<br /><br />Asked if he felt they were capable of producing something special, Wenger said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve said that for a long time and we want to show that. Let&rsquo;s keep this attitude and spirit and we can deliver something special.<br /><br />&ldquo;They have a fantastic attitude and great quality and great spirit. I just want to go from strength to strength. I think the team looks more mature, serious when needed and patient.&rdquo;<br /><br />In truth, this was a nothing short of a mismatch as the Gunners dazzled last season&rsquo;s Dutch champions with a masterclass, which could have brought more goals.<br /><br />The imperious Fabregas broke the deadlock on 25 minutes with a shot from just outside the box which crept in at the near post.<br /><br />Nasri, in only his second start since breaking his leg in July, then doubled the lead just before the break, latching on to Andrei Arshavin&rsquo;s through-ball, turning inside his marker and slipping the ball into the corner.<br /><br />Fabregas then struck Arsenal&rsquo;s third seven minutes into the restart following another Arshavin pass before Diaby made it four after a neat interchange between the Russian and substitute Eduardo.<br /><br />Jeremain Lens fired a late consolation for the visitors but it wasn&rsquo;t enough to prevent Wenger&rsquo;s men celebrating a tenth straight home success this season amid raised eyebrows across the continent.