Arsene Wenger has credited Arsenal’s victory over Sunderland to the exceptional quality on their bench.
The Gunners trailed Martin O’Neill’s in-form side 1-0 before substitute Aaron Ramsey equalised from the edge of the penalty area.
And when two more subs linked up to score the last-minute winner, Andrey Arshavin crossing for Thierry Henry to head home, Wenger hailed his options on the bench.
“Sometimes it works [my substitutions],” he said. “You have to accept that but it has more chances to work when you have exceptional quality on the bench.
“When the opposition is tired and players of that quality come on then of course they can make a difference.”
Wenger also highlighted the resilience and spirit shown by his side to fight back against a Sunderland team which had lost just once in the previous 11 games.
“We had to work very hard against a Sunderland side that was well organised, resilient, fought very well and exploited every opening on counter attacks,” he added.
“The pitch was difficult as well and in the end we won it through exceptional resilience and spirit.”