Arsene Wenger has praised the character of Arsenal, after coming back from 2-0 down in the 70th minute to draw 2-2 with West Brom at the weekend.
“The team has character,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
“If you are 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go and you have no character then you don’t come back on a pitch like that. That is for sure.”
Arsenal are currently sitting second on the Barclays Premier League table, five points behind leaders Manchester United but with a game in hand. To drop two points was was not ideal for the Gunners, but three points would have all but sealed United’s hold on the 2010/11 title.
Wenger sees Arsenal’s comeback as proof the Gunners are still in the title fight. “The team has solidarity, unity and a desire to do well. I don’t question that at all,” the French man said.
“Of course we were a bit nervous at the start of the game. We had four targets and now we have only one, so the pressure increases on that one. But the players are highly focused to do it and it was important not to lose on Saturday.”
Moving on from the Barcelona defeat in the Champions League has been ruled the top priority for Wenger, with Arsenal now out of the FA Cup and Champions League trophy charges.
“You can not go out of the Champions League like we did and have no doubt,” he said.
“For a few days the players were disappointed but you could see in the last two days that the players were highly focused again.”