Date: 3rd April 2017 at 5:49am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of his pleasure at seeing Arsenal’s character come to the fore as we battled to a point against Manchester City on Sunday.

Hosting Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal fell behind twice on the day but battled back admirably to take a point from the match and whilst it was hardly a free flowing performance or Arsenal at their best, Wenger knew he could take a lot of positives from the way the side dug in to come back on each occasion.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a pleased Wenger knew the performance and result wasn’t what we were after but he did feel the manner of the double comeback would help ‘restart’ the side after recent struggles.

‘Overall, we started with quite a high level of anxiety. We were punished straight away, so it was a mental test. You could see that the team were touched on the confidence front and that the fluency in our game suffered. We have shown great mental resources because we went a goal down twice and one time it was at the worst moment in a game, just before half-time. On top of that, we lost Koscielny at half-time. In the second half we came back to 2-2, so it will help us to rebuild confidence because we have certainly shown some mental strength. That will help us to come back to our natural fluency. Mathematically, for both teams it`s not the best operation, not for City, not for us. We can think about mathematics when the confidence is there again, but hopefully that will help us restart now.’

With ten Premier League games remaining in the season of 2016/17, Wenger was asked whether we now needed to win all of the remaining ten to ensure a top four finish given we sit in sixth place on 51 points with Manchester City in fourth seven points ahead of us.

‘I don`t know. If you look at yesterday`s results, it`s very difficult to predict what will happen in the last 10 games. What we want is to come back to win our games. How many do we need to win to finish in the top four? I don`t know.’

With him describing our start to the game as being ‘anxious’ he was asked if he was ahead of kick off.

‘I care about my team. When you have the experience I have, you have a good measure of the level of the anxiety in the team. We were under pressure. It`s difficult because you are more mentally tested than anything else, and I think we coped with that in a united and strong way.’

With a talking point from the game being a potential penalty award for the visitors, whilst acknowledging their bench complained, he needed replays.

‘Honestly, I don`t know. I haven`t seen a handball. Their bench complained, but was it handball or not? I don`t know.’

With a packed fixture list now in April, Wenger was also asked if that was a good or bad thing for the side, and he felt it was a positive because whatever happens players have to immediately focus on the next match and they don’t have time to dwell on anything.

‘Yes, we need now to prepare well and focus on Wednesday. We are professional and at our level you want to perform in the next game. Hopefully a point today, I am confident that will help us to rebuild confidence.’

Asked the momentum question, he added.

‘It depends, we cannot lose many more players now.’

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