By Giuseppe Muro

Leyton Orient’s performance on Sunday shows that Football League teams are better than ever before, according to Arsène Wenger.

Despite enjoying prolonged periods of possession and taking the lead against the League One side, Arsenal were pegged back by Jonathan Tehoue’s late leveller as a well-organised Orient earned an FA Cup Fifth-Round replay.

It wasn’t the first time Wenger’s side have struggled against teams from lower down the football ladder this season with Huddersfield, Leeds and Ipswich all providing some unexpected scares.

Wenger has never been the victim of an FA Cup giant-killing in his 16 years at the helm but feels that examples like Sunday back up his theory that Football League sides have improved.

“It shows me that the lower divisions have improved physically, technically and tactically,” said the manager after the 1-1 draw.

“The problem you face is different. The team we played today was happy for you to have the ball [for] 70 per cent of the time. But as long as you do not score, they focus well.

“[There are] many foreign players in the Premier League [with] some English players moving down. And of course there are foreign players in the lower leagues, one scored today!”

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21 Feb 2011