Wenger defends selection
Arsene Wenger defended his decision to make eight changes to his side following the 2-2 draw with Wigan.
Last Updated: 30/12/10 9:46am
Arsene Wenger defended his decision to make eight changes to his side following the 2-2 draw with 10-man Wigan.
The Gunners were held at the DW Stadium despite leading with 10 minutes to go with a numerical advantage following Charles N'Zogbia's sending off.
But Sebastien Squillaci nodded into his own net from a corner to earn the Latics a point, with Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner earlier overcoming a Ben Watson penalty.
Wenger insists he was right to make the changes from the team that put in a fine display against Chelsea, and he was quick to take the positives from the result.
"Overall I think we had quite a good game and the players who came in did very well," he told Sky Sports.
"Arshavin scored a great goal, Bendtner scored a great goal and I have exactly the same confidence in every single player.
"The players who started tonight could have started against Chelsea as well. For me that doesn't make any difference and they were eight international players coming in.
"Overall we had a good game tonight. The frustrating thing is we were 2-1 up and conceded a set-piece.
"At that moment we were 11 against 10 and that is very difficult to accept, but overall it was a very hard game."
Wenger did concede, however, that the vocal leadership and organisation must improve when defending set-pieces.
"It is (a concern) because nobody looks from the outside to take charge on the organisation side," he added.
"There is no voice when the focus drops a little bit. You don't feel that anybody takes charge on alertness and we need to communicate much better than that.
"The way we conceded this corner is of course very disappointing but you have to give credit to Wigan."
When asked if he was looking to make changes during the January transfer window, the French coach remarked: "No, we focus on the players we have and I think we have enough quality. The players are conscious of that and will rectify that.
"The quality of the game is there, the quality of the focus is there, let's keep going and I'm confident we'll have a good Christmas."