Carl Jenkinson believes Arsène Wenger has the experience to manage the squad through Arsenal's difficult schedule in February and March.

The Gunners have games against Liverpool and Manchester United at the beginning of February before a daunting run of fixtures against Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City before the end of March.

Jenkinson feels it's important to take advantage of rest periods when the team gets them.

The boss is fantastic at that because we put a good run together when it was very intense

Carl Jenkinson

"Over Christmas, it [the fixture schedule] is always jammed packed," Jenkinson said. "But now it eases a bit which is good because it was a bit intense and the boys do need a good rest between games.

"You get the best out of the team when we have those rest periods as well. But the boss is fantastic at that because we put a good run together when it was very intense, hopefully now we can push on with a few less fixtures and more recovery time."

Arsenal notched their fifth straight clean sheet at home when they beat Coventry City 4-0 on Friday and Jenkinson says the defence's form will be a decisive factor for the remainder of the season.

"The defence has been very good this season," he said. "It is important going forward that we have a strong defence because if you look at successful Arsenal sides of the past, they have all been built on a strong back four and a good goalkeeper.

"It's important we have that as a building block."

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Isaac Moore 26 Jan 2014