Wenger delighted with role of Arsenal defence in upturn

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with the steel his team are now showing.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with the steel his team are now showing.

feels much of that is down to having a settled rearguard, with the return to fitness of full-backs Kieran Gibbs - who scored his first league goal against Villa - and Bacary Sagna allowing a more balanced feel to their rearguard action.

"When we did not win games [earlier in the season], I did not feel we played as badly as people said. We have gained a lot of confidence in our play out from the back and that makes a massive difference," said Wenger, who hopes the knee problem which saw centre-half Laurent Koscielny limp out of the warm-up does not prove too serious.

"The defenders who play out from the back give us a security now and that allows the team to be much more confident."

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