Arsene Wenger: What I've noticed when Benteke plays for Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no doubt over how difficult the FA Cup final against Aston Villa is going to be.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained on the club’s website that he feels Aston Villa are a real threat ahead of the FA Cup final.

Wenger is wary of the impact Christian Benteke has had on the side’s attack and the impact that manager Tim Sherwood has had since he arrived at the club to replace former Villa boss Paul Lambert.

Wenger has urged his team not to get complacent ahead of the game because he feels Villa have a side, which will be difficult to play against.

“When he came back into the team, he gave a lift to everybody and of course he has a fantastic leap, he’s an intelligent player as well and he can score goals with his feet. He’s fantastic in the air and can score headers against any team in the league,” he said.

“He has done extremely well. He has lifted their confidence and got them to go forward a lot. They are positive so overall I believe he has done a very good job.”

“If you analyse their individual quality, they are a strong team. They had a great semi-final and of course they have a quality, Premier League team.”

Benteke is a player who could really back into Arsenal’s defence and cause them some problems.

Wenger will be relying on Per Mertesacker to deal with the Belgian’s physical presence, while Laurent Koscielny will be the man tasked with producing that burst of pace over the first five yards, should Benteke get in behind.

Arsenal know exactly what they’re going to get from a Sherwood side; an open and honest display of attacking football.

They can deal with that by controlling possession and slowly taking the legs out of Aston Villa’s team.

When that fatigue kicks in, that’s when Arsenal can pounce but Wenger will be hoping that his team can secure the trophy before the game enters the later stages.

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