Rio Ferdinand: What I like about the Arsenal squad

The Manchester United legend is impressed with Arsenal's squad depth

Rio Ferdinand admits he has been impressed with Arsene Wenger’s squad depth ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Bournemouth on Sunday.

The Gunners are currently unbeaten in 11 Premier League games since a 4-3 loss to title rivals Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in their opening fixture of the 2016-17 season.

Arsenal looked to be heading for a defeat at Old Trafford last weekend after Juan Mata broke the deadlock with 21 minutes remaining in the Premier League clash.

However, substitute Olivier Giroud headed an equaliser on the stroke of full-time to rescue a 1-1 draw with Manchester United and preserve Arsenal’s unbeaten record.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the cross for the France international to power a header past Manchester United number one David De Gea with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Former Red Devils defender Ferdinand, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant Manchester United side between 2002 and 2013, believes Arsenal have emulated his former side’s squad depth.

Writing in his column for The London Evening Standard, Ferdinand said: “We are starting to see that Arsenal do have a strong squad, with good options on the bench.

“I have said before that Olivier Giroud is a great Plan B and he showed that again with the equaliser at Old Trafford.

“But the man who provided the assist was also a substitute in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — another quality player.

“You do need players who can come on and change a game.

“At United we had people outside the first XI who could do that — players like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Javier Hernandez.”

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Arsenal will host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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