Wenger reveals the exact (and simple) cause of late Cardiff win

Arsenal boss implies club's late 2-0 win over Cardiff City was all down to the roles played by his substitutes.

Having temporarily fallen to second place in the Premier League due to Manchester City's see-saw victory over Swansea City earlier that day, Arsenal fought hard for a climactic win over Cardiff City to restore their pole position in the Premier League.

There were strong performances all over the park, particularly from Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal (for stats, click here), Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, however, when reflecting on the performance and result, Wenger moved to praise the men who played from the bench - Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky.

'Credit to the players who came on, they gave us freshness going forward,' said Wenger, as quoted by the club's official website today, Thursday. 'They had a good impact so it was a great relief and you could see that everybody was happy.'

While Arsenal's defenders maintained a stubborn rearguard, Wenger pointed to a 'slow' approach, and that, ultimately the turning point came late in the game, when Nicklas Bendtner instinctively scored a six-yard effort to break the deadlock before Theo Walcott put the result out of doubt.

'I don't deny that the first half was a bit slow, we found it difficult to get going again but we didn't make a mistake at the back. In the second half we upped the tempo and won in a deserved way but Cardiff worked very, very hard.'

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