By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says the squad’s returning full backs have provided a huge lift ahead of Arsenal’s end-of-season run-in.

Wenger has been without Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson through injury for significant parts of the season.

Although the squad’s utility men have filled in admirably, the Frenchman admits that having players comfortable in their roles is always preferable.

“I felt that for a long time we had to play players out of position and when we go into crucial games that is not ideal,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“You play a right back in the right back position, and a left back in the left back position and it gives you a natural balance.

“So far we are in a shape that is quite positive because we are motivated, we have good confidence levels and we have some players available who are used to playing in those positions.”

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