Francis Coquelin has praised the impact of Arsene Wenger’s substitution in the game against Manchester United last weekend.

Wenger turned to his bench after we had fallen behind at Old Trafford and the boss’ substitutions proved decisive as two of his substitutes combined to score our equalising goal.

Giroud who scored the equaliser was introduced in the 72nd minute while another substitute Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who was introduced much later for Carl Jenkinson provided the cross from which Giroud scored.

Coquelin who was also withdrawn in the 80th minute of the game has hailed the substitution the boss made and also hailed the whole team’s focus.

“The first goal in the second half made it quite hard for us but the response from the team was very good. The players who came on were superb,” said Coquelin, as reported by the club’s official website.

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on at right back and gave a great ball to Olivier Giroud who was also a substitute, and he scored a massive goal. It showed the whole team is really focused on what we are doing.

Coquelin also showered praises on goalscorer Olivier Giroud for his impact off the bench and says the striker is proving how good he is.

“He’s not been starting a lot recently but there’s this theory that every time he comes on he manages to score. He did that again and his headers are unbelievable.

“It’s probably the only chance he had and he put it away. He showed how good he is.”

The contribution of our substitutes on Saturday just goes on to prove that a lot has changed at Arsenal this season.

In previous seasons, we could have lost the game because of lack of quality options on the bench but this season, we are proving to be on a different level and this is not the first time that our substitutes are making impact off the bench.

I think this is a good sign that we are better equipped to challenge for the title this year and hopefully we’ll be successful at the end of the season.


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