Date: 25th October 2016 at 2:27am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has again been speaking about the scoreless draw with Middlesbrough at the weekend, and for him it show how Arsenal have matured in recent years because in previous seasons he believes it could have been a game the side lost.

Having credited the team in his initial post game press interviews for being ‘clever’ enough not to lose the game despite tiredness kicking in, calling the performance jaded and more than admitting we weren’t at our fluent self, he built on that in a Sunday round of interviews, where he felt that extending the unbeaten run – albeit the winning run coming to an end – was proof that the side had matured in recent times because nobody knows how important that point could be come next May.

Speaking to the Official Site having had longer to digest the game, Wenger explained.

‘We`ve lost games like that. We are in a position where we`ve come out of seven straight wins. We didn`t win but before we maybe would`ve panicked a bit and lost the game.’

Having admitted an element of tiredness after the Champions League midweek victory over Ludogorets – and the manner of that victory – Wenger quickly denied that there was an element of complacency in the performance, believing the chances we fashioned showed the hunger to win was there, it was just the final shot in many cases that was just lacking on the day.

‘I don`t feel that is the case in training, that the players become complacent. Sometimes you`re a bit jaded physically, but we had to dig deep to get things going. Unfortunately when you play against teams like Middlesbrough, they watch the Champions League games on television and they are ready physically for the weekend. It`s not easy.’

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