By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger is delighted with the way his side have improved their defensive record this season.

Wednesday night’s win at Aston Villa was Arsenal’s eighth win in their last 10 Premier League fixtures - a run which has seen just nine goals conceded.  

There have been several contributing factors, including the return from injury of Thomas Vermaelen at the end of October, and Wenger is thrilled with what he’s seen.

“We are stable defensively,” he said. “Our defensive record since the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United has improved tremendously and you could see that again today.

“In the first half we were dominating well but even in the second half when we were under pressure we still kept our shape.

“We got away with one or two difficult situations but there is an improvement there.”

Arsenal left it late to snatch victory against Villa as Yossi Benayoun’s 87th-minute winner proved decisive. Wenger was quick to praise Alex McLeish’s resilient side.

“I have to give credit to Aston Villa, they were not a lower table team with that performance, that is for sure,” he said.

“They have not only shown commitment and spirit but quality. This team can play with a high tempo and if they play like that then they will come up quickly in the table.”

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