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23 December 2012

David Jones expressed himself in a comfortable midfield performance against Arsenal.

Despite coming away from yesterday’s game against Arsenal on the end of a 1-0 defeat, the 28-year-old was pleased with how comfortable Latics looked in the middle.

“It was a slightly different formation due to the injuries in defence and it was nice to be playing in a three man midfield in the centre.

“It helped us in having as much of the ball as we did and we maintained a lot of pressure which enabled us to get the ball forward and out to the wings with almost every move.”

Jones himself made 61 out of 62 successful passes against Arsenal and was happy to be part of the midfield engine.

“I feel most comfortable in the middle and I think it brings out my natural instincts on the pitch and it allows for a bit of flair and creativity, as well as making sure we retain possession of the ball.

“It’s good that we are getting a few players back from injury because we have had players out of position in a few games which is always a challenge.

“That has simply been down to the misfortune of the injury situation and you could see today how much more comfortable players were in their more natural positions.”

The small margin of Mikel Arteta’s penalty cost Latics the game despite Arsenal causing little danger throughout the game, something that Jones said was hard to take.

“It’s tough to come away from the game with a defeat when you consider the way we played.

“We can take great heart from the performance because you expect Arsenal to have a lot more possession when you play them but, I think we controlled the game ourselves for long periods.

“We didn’t try to force things from early on and we just kept the ball and drew Arsenal out until we could see the chance to go forward.

“The result obviously wasn’t there but, if we can keep improving and get a good rhythm going then I’m sure the points will mount up.”

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