By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger has praised his team for playing so positively under pressure against West Brom on Saturday.

Arsenal went into the game against Steve Clarke’s side on the back of a disappointing run that had seen them take two points from a possible nine.

But the Gunners produced an encouraging performance and claimed the three points after Mikel Arteta scored twice from the spot.

“I am very pleased because the team has shown a resolute attitude, determination, togetherness and quality in our game going forward and we defended well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“It is good to see your team when their backs are to the wall. You can see that the players turned up, like Arteta - who missed a penalty [against Fulham] - he took two penalties today, so that is very positive.

“You could see that they had decided to win the game and nobody else could do it, that is what pleased me the most.”

Wenger takes his team to Bradford in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, and insists he will field a strong side at the Coral Windows Stadium.

“The only decision I have certainly made is to leave Sagna out because he played with a bad ankle [against West Brom],” the manager said.

“We will put a team out with experienced players who have quality and who have a chance to win the game.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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10 Dec 2012