Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that he was delighted with the performances of the club’s new signings after a narrow 1-0 victory against Swansea City provided the club with their first win of the season.
Two of Arsenal’s deadline day signings; midfielder Mikel Arteta and defender Per Mertesacker, made their debuts for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium as Russian Andrey Arshavin pounced to give the club a much needed victory.
Commenting on his new signings Wenger said:
“Mertesacker was calm and composed. He leads the line well and of course needs time to adapt to the pace of the game in this country but I was pleased with him.”
“Arteta played very well overall, especially in the first half. In the second half it was more difficult for him but you could see he will bring something to us technically in a team that likes to play the way we play.”
The Arsenal boss was also pleased with the effect Yossi Benayoun, a loan signing from Chelsea, had when he came on as a second half substitute: “He brought us something when he came on. He was mobile, dynamic and overall did well.”
Reflecting on the much needed victory Wenger admitted his team did feel the nerves towards the end of the tight game: “It was vital for us to win this game. We started well but slowly the nerves took over and we played with the handbrake on and (were) restricted in the second half.”
“We just wanted to get over the line and not make a mistake. If you make a mistake, you know you then don’t win a game it is vital to win.”