Arsène Wenger pleased with strength of Arsenal squad

Arsène Wenger heaped praise on Arsenal's squad players following their late victory at Villa Park on Wednesday

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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal’s strength in depth was a key factor behind their triumph at Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Yossi Benayoun, who is yet to start a league game for the Gunners, came off the bench to nod home Robin van Persie’s corner in the 87th minute after Marc Albrighton had cancelled out the Dutchman’s first-half penalty soon after the break.

“The result showed the importance of the squad but also the quality of the spirit,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website “That makes a difference if you have players who come on that have a real desire to help the team.

“You always have a chance because teams have to fight so hard against us that in the last 20 minutes fresh players can have a big impact. Benayoun and Rosicky did and that’s why we were very grateful after the game.”

Wenger, whose side next play Wolves at Emirates Stadium on 27 December, reserved special praise for Laurent Koscielny, who has been deployed at right-back after Johan Djourou limped out of last weekend’s defeat at Manchester City.

“He is a special player and he is starting slowly to get credit,” continued the Arsenal boss. “Let’s not forget that before the Man City game we didn’t know if he would play or not because he had flu. He doesn’t speak a lot but his performances speak for him.”

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