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Arsenal boss upbeat despite Everton stalemate

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had mixed feelings after his side were held to a goalless draw by David Moyes' Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

The match was a very physical affair with tackles flying in right from the start and it was clear to see the game meant a lot to both sets of players.

Despite it's 0-0 scoreline, the game was quite a display - as the passion from the players drove forward both teams and it was definitely a performance where defenders took most of the praise.

Both sets of centre-backs, Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin for Everton and Laurent Kocielny and Per Mertesacker for Arsenal, were rocks at the back and put their bodies in-front of everything that was thrown at them.

In the first half, there was a strong appeal that Darren Gibson should have been sent off for a second bookable offence, but the referee overlooked the appeals and the midfield-man stayed on the pitch.

Despite failing to get the decisive goal in the end, Wenger left the Emirates feeling proud of his players as they showed character and grit to hold out a tough Everton side, but he also admitted regrets on not claiming the three points.

Wenger told Arsenal Player: "I'm proud of the effort we put in and the battle we have shown tonight.

"We have put physical effort, spirit, determination [in].

"We sometimes lacked a bit of fluency or quality in our finishing. Overall we should have won this game.

"When you see what they created tonight and what we created, at the end of the game we deserved to win.

"They made it very physical and we responded very well on that front. But we have regrets because we couldn't take our chances.

"I have two regrets. When in our finishing positions, we always wanted to use power. Secondly, on our set pieces, I don't think we did enough tonight.

"We had so many corners and free-kicks. There has to be a goal in there from somebody and that's the regret we have."

After the draw, it means Arsenal are just two points ahead of London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, who both have games in hand over the Gunners and Wenger admits the fight for top four will go right to the end.

He continued by saying: "We are on a very strong run and we are of course a bit frustrated because we dropped two points but we kept our [unbeaten] run going.

"I believe we can gain a lot of confidence from that game to go into the next one and win it. Let's focus on the next one now. It [the top-four race] will be very tight, that's for sure."

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