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Arsene Wenger pleased by Arsenal draw

Arsene Wenger gave his side the thumbs up. Photo courtesy:
Arsene Wenger gave his side the thumbs up. Photo courtesy:

Arsene lauded his team for escaping another Britannia Stadium battle with a point, and scaling the summit of the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners arrived at the home of Stoke City having won there just once in the Premier League era, ready for another edition of a rivalry that was sparked by Wenger’s disapproval of the Potters’ tactics under Tony Pulis.

Current Stoke manager, Mark Hughes, has advocated a brand of football more pleasing to the eye since succeeding Pulis, yet Wenger felt their hosts still presented a physical challenge that they were forced to overcome in a 0-0 draw.

It was a timid encounter as far as physicality was concerned. There were no yellow cards, few chances, and goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech took centre stage with brilliant saves from Olivier Giroud and Joselu in either half.

“Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle,” Arsene Wenger said.

“They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness – which is what we did.

“We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute.

“We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it’s a positive result. But, overall we missed two points.”

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