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Wenger: I Always Believed In Bendtner

After The Gunner’s 2-0 victory with Nicklas Bendtner scoring the opener, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stressed he never lost faith his Danish striker.

Bendtner who replaced the rested Olivier Giroud was handed his first league start this season and had the fans already after 2 minutes in his back.

His header of a Jenkinson cross was his first league goal for Arsenal since March 2011 and Wenger wasn’t short in his praise for the striker.

"He has the stature, he has good technical quality, he has quite good pace. We had him as a boy of 15 or 16 and I made him sign a long contract twice so that means I always believed in his qualities.”

"It all depends on his commitment and his fitness. He has worked hard recently and when he is physically sharp, he can compete with everybody. He had a good performance."

The second goal came from Wenger’s on-form midfield duo in the second half. Aaron Ramsey played a beautiful through ball to Mesut Ozil, who scored his third league goal for The Gunners.

Arsenal maintained their four point lead to Mourinho’s Chelsea and kept their sixth clean sheet of the season, but Wenger still believes it’s too early to call them title favourites.

The Frenchman made five changes to his side and saw the convincing victory as proof for the depth in his squad.

"No matter what kind of changes we make, our basis is there, our team play is there."

Arsenal are now going facing four very decisive matches against Everton (H), Napoli (A), Man City (A) and Chelsea (H) in the next 18 days and Wenger used the opportunity to rest some of his players.

“We have a very heavy schedule, that’s why I had to rest some players today.”

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