By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes the long, enforced rest of Cesc Fabregas will help him finish the season strongly.

The Spaniard was key to Arsenal’s comeback at Wigan on Saturday. After a tough first half he began pulling the strings for his side and set up the crucial second goal for Mikael Silvestre.

That makes four assists in three games following his comeback from three-and-a-half months out with a knee problem. Wenger feels he is not only fresh but getting back to full strength as well.

“He was fantastic,” said Wenger at Wigan on Saturday. “He looks to get stronger and stronger from game to game. Today I found him physically much strong from Wednesday at Villarreal.

“I did think he needed a breather [earlier in the campaign]. Maybe it was too long for my taste but it will help him to finish the season strongly.”

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