By Chris Harris

Cesc Fabregas hailed "a great victory" for Arsenal after helping his team battle back from a two-goal deficit to beat Standard Liege.

The Belgian champions flew out of the blocks on Wednesday night with a low strike from Eliaquim Mangala and a penalty from Milan Jovanovic. But Nicklas Bendtner hauled Arsenal back into the match before half-time and they snatched victory with second-half goals from Thomas Vermaelen and Eduardo.

Fabregas set up the equaliser and the winner with expert dead-ball deliveries from the left flank and the captain never doubted Arsenal's ability to turn the game around.

“In the first few minutes it is always possible you don’t start at your best and that is what happened but we responded well as a team," said Fabregas.

“We knew we had the whole game in front of us and that can make a difference. So it was not difficult to keep believing.

“We’re happy and it is a great victory especially after how we started the game. Now let's focus on Wigan because the Premier League is the most important thing for Arsenal.

"Every three days when we play, it is always like a Final for Arsenal because we want to be at the top and that’s it. It's just one more game and the season has just started so we have a lot of time to recover."

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17 Sep 2009