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Arteta praises Arsenal's depth

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Arsenal's midfield maestro Mikel Arteta has said that the depth in Arsenal's squad was the main reason behind the victory over Stoke City last weekend.

Arteta made a comeback from injury in that fixture and his presence in the team was felt as the midfielder pulled strings in the midfield and orchestrated every Arsenal move. Arsenal could afford to bench the likes of Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla owing to the depth in their squad. Podolski then went on to score the winner for the Gunners in the cagey encounter.

Talking to the official Arsenal website, Mikel Arteta said, "You have to do that [rotate]. I think Santi's played a lot of games, as I did before I got injured. The last thing you want is [him injured] for a few weeks, [especially] now important games are coming up.

"He [Wenger] decided to leave him on the bench. He came on to help us win the game and that shows that the players can be changed, that we can rotate the team, and that we have a powerful squad."

Arteta's comeback is being seen as a huge boost to Arsenal's chances of securing a Champions League spot. The midfield trio of Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will also be incredibly crucial for the North Londoners in the final stages of the season, especially against Bayern Munich in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal are currently in 6th spot in the league standings, 4 points behind 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur. Last season, Robin van Persie was the main-man behind every Arsenal win, but this season, the whole squad has chipped in well. If Arsenal can keep up their current tempo, they might finish above their arch-rivals Tottenham this season as well.