By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger was full of praise for Arsenal new boys after Saturday’s first win of the Premier League season against Swansea.
“Mertesacker was calm and composed - he just needs to adapt to the pace of the game,” he said. “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.”
It was a deadline day acquisition from 2009, Andrey Arshavin, who got the only goal of the game three minutes before half-time to give Arsenal all three points against the Premier League newcomers.
Following disappointing results against Liverpool and Manchester United, Wenger knows the confidence a victory will bring.
“It was vital for us to win the game,” he said. “I think we started quite well but slowly the nerves took over.
“We played with the handbrake on and were restrictive in the second half. It is not often that we pass the ball back to our goalkeeper when we are at halfway.
“You could see in the second half that we just wanted to get over the line and we didn't make a mistake.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source