Wenger upbeat despite draw

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Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal are still in a "strong position" to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite throwing away victory as AZ Alkmaar snatched a stoppage-time equaliser in Holland.

Cesc Fabregas' 35th-minute strike appeared to have set the Gunners on their way to a third straight European win, which would have seem then take control of Group H. However, the Dutch side, managed by Ronald Koeman, refused to give up and nicked a point at the death through David Mendes Da Silva.

"We are still in a strong position. We have three games left, two at home, and I believe to win one game will qualify us." said Wenger.

"What I want is for us to continue to play like we do, focus to play better.

"In football, you have to produce the maximum result with your game, and against AZ that did not happen."

Arsenal really should have seen out the three minutes of added time, but were caught out when a ball into the box had been flicked on by substitute Graziano Pelle.

"You know that in the last five minutes of a Champions League match, anything can happen," said Wenger.

"They have thrown everything forward and felt they could only score on a set-piece, and that is what happened.

"It is frustrating because we looked closer to scoring a second than conceding, but credit to them, they did fight well and went until the last minute."

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