Arsene Wenger has praised on-loan midfield Yossi Benayoun after his winning goal against Aston Villa.
The Israeli international has found his chances limited since arriving on transfer deadline day but has certainly given the boss something to think about when it comes to making substitutions who can make an impact.
“He is well integrated in the group, is a fantastic professional and has a great spirit,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“He is a very intelligent boy and tonight he did fantastically well when he came on. The changes who came on did very well and stabilised our game I think – Yossi came on and won us three fantastic points.”
Benayoun himself was delighted to have scored his second Arsenal goal, but admitted he has been dissatisfied with life on bench.
“I don’t know if I saw the goal coming but every time I play I’m trying to do my best. Ididn’t play in the last two games and of course you are a little frustrated. Today I’m glad I got my chance, I got a goal and we took all three points.
He was also keen that the Villa win would spark another unbeaten run.
“I think you can see now that the team is getting together and playing much better. When you get good results you will always get more confidence in the team and hopefully now we’ll start a new run of winning games.”
With Aaron Ramsey looking like he could do with a rest Benayoun’s contribution against Villa means he’s likely to start at least one of the Christmas fixtures.