Wenger enthused by Arsenal debutants

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Despite the slim margin of victory over Barclays Premier League new boys Swansea on Saturday, Arsene Wenger was able to look at the positives following the 1-0 win.

Andrey Arshavin's solitary strike at the Emirates Stadium was enough to get a new look Arsenal back on track after the horrendous 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United in their previous outing.

Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker were both handed starts by Wenger, while Yossi Benayoun made it a trio of debutants when the Israeli came off the bench.

And, although neither of the three were able to particularly flourish, Wenger was sufficiently pleased with his deadline day acquisitions.


“Mertesacker was calm and composed - he just needs to adapt to the pace of the game,” said the Arsenal boss. “He looks very intelligent in his positioning.

“Arteta played very well, especially in the first half. In the second half it was more difficult for him but you can see he will give us some technical security that this team needs and wants to play like we play.

“He [Benayoun] brought us something when he came on because he was mobile, he was dynamic and he did well.”

Arteta, meanwhile, is now fully focused on the Champions League after the narrow triumph against Swansea.

The Gunners travel to Germany on Tuesday to face Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, having secured progression to the group stages of the competition by beating Udinese.

"It was important for us to get the three points and forget about what happened two weeks ago (at Manchester United)," said Arteta.

"We have got a big Champions League game on Tuesday, so now we focus on that."

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