Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was delighted with the team effort in last night's Carling Cup victory over Bolton.

The Gunners were made to work for their 2-1 victory after Fabrice Muamba put the Trotters in-front, but goals from Andrey Arshavin and Park Chu-Young helped Arsene Wenger's side book their place in the competition's quarter-finals.

Coquelin was quick to praise the performance of Arshavin, with the Russian international showing his class with a vital equaliser at the Emirates.

"You know Andrey and you know he is a great player. He has got the touch, he can get goals, assists and I think he played really well for us tonight. He helped us a lot. You could see that his touch was amazing," he told the official Arsenal website.

With Wenger making changes to his regular first XI, team spirit and character were key ingredients for the Gunners against a physical Trotters outfit capable of causing problems in north London.

And Coquelin believes his teammates showed it in abundance yesterday, showing the potential to go all the way to Wembley in the competition.

"I am really pleased to win this game. I thought tonight was good, Bolton put out a strong team. We had a young squad out there today but I think we've done really well coming out with a 2-1 win - it's great," he continued.

"I think we showed great character. Obviously some players were making their debut like Nico Yennaris, who had a terrific game tonight and played really well. Ignasi Miquel as well, and I think everyone played really good.

"We showed that we can go pretty far in this competition and win it."

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