By Declan Taylor

After watching his side secure a vital away goal at El Madrigal on Tuesday night, Arsène Wenger pinpointed Villarreal’s flying wingers as the hosts’ main troublemakers.

Despite a strike partnership of Italy international Giuseppe Rossi and Joseba Llorente, who scored a 17-minute hat-trick in the group stage, Wenger thought that the Yellow Submarine’s main threat came from a deeper position.

Ariel Ibagaza and Ruben Cani (who was replaced by Matias Fernandez at half time) were stationed on either flank but caused confusion by cutting inside, switching wings and pushing on to create a forward quadrant.

“They gave us a problem with the position of Ibagaza and Cani who came in just behind the strikers,” Wenger said after the game. “We did not manage to cut the balls to them.

“Our two full backs did not know whether to push on or help cover the centre backs.

“From those positions came all the problems.”

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8 Apr 2009