Wenger welcomes Eduardo heroics

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Arsene Wenger felt it was inevitable Eduardo would have a say in Wednesday night's Champions League clash against Standard Liege, with the Croatia striker netting the winner as Arsenal recovered from going two goals down inside five minutes.

Eduardo was only available because the club successfully appealed against UEFA's two-match ban imposed for diving against Celtic in the second leg of the qualifying tie. And it was the Brazil-born marksman who had the final word when he stabbed home a corner with 10 minutes to go as the Gunners completed a remarkable comeback.

"It is always inevitable with Eduardo," said the Arsenal manager. "He was caught out on the first goal but he is a guy who can always turn up on crosses because he has that anticipation."

It had not looked good early on though as before Wenger's men could get going, they trailed 2-0.

Eduardo failed to clear a corner, and Eliaquim Mangala fired in a low strike past rookie goalkeeper Vito Mannone, making his Champions League debut.

Milan Jovanovic then netted from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been brought down by William Gallas.

However, Arsenal fought back with a well-taken goal from Nicklas Bendtner on the stroke of half-time. Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen bundled in a second-half equaliser and Eduardo then completed what was a morale-boosting win for the injury-hit Gunners when he netted from close range.

"We were caught cold by a team who were really ready and started out of the blocks at full power," said Wenger. "Standard played like it was a cup final tonight with full commitment.

"When you go 2-0 down after five minutes, you know you have a big task in front of you. To win away from home in the Champions League and score three goals will be tough.

"You have to attack with full power, without restriction, and know that the next goal will kill you. We fought back with a goal and then in the second half, the game dropped a bit in physical intensity. When they got tired, we got set-pieces and took advantage of it."

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