Arsène Wenger is fond of every goal his Arsenal team scores but he had a particular favourite from Wednesday’s win over West Ham United - Santi Cazorla’s audacious backheel.

The Spaniard was on hand to flick the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen after a sumptuous move, involving Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, had created the opportunity for Arsenal’s third goal.

Wenger was delighted with his team’s combination play and the steady improvement of his summer signings.

“I always like the goals where the maximum [number of] players are involved, so I would say the Cazorla goal, because it was a fantastic collective display,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“I admired the goal from Podolski as well. You felt the goalkeeper didn’t even see the ball. He took responsibility at the moment that we were 1-0 down. You know that the 1-1 will be an important goal.

“It’s positive because we see the players like Giroud and Podolski and Cazorla, who were questioned at some stage, they have come in this season and are getting better.

“That’s very good news. It means we have done well in the transfer market. That is always questioned.”

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Nik Brumsack 24 Jan 2013