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Wenger: West Brom draw vital for Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it was vital that Arsenal maintained their top spot position in the Premier League going into the international break.

The Gunners' 1-1 draw away to West Brom took Arsenal back above Liverpool and continued their fine start to the season. 

Having trailed the game following a first-half header from the impressive Claudio Yacob, Wenger's side rallied to earn a hard-fought draw, with Jack Wilshere grabbing his first goal in three years.

It was the first time Arsenal had gone behind this season, and Wenger was impressed with the character his side showed.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, he said: "It's vital that the confidence [from being top] remains there and that you feel that we didn't lose. This place [The Hawthorns] can be difficult for anybody so let's have a break, come back and win again."

West Brom entered the game on the back of a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, and their confidence was obvious, stifling Arsenal's attacking trio of Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.

"It was a big test for us," said Wenger. "You could see that we had to dig deep to come back. We have given a lot recently and I'm happy that we didn't lose the game, even if of course there are always some regrets when you don't win."

The away side struggled in the first half, and Wenger admitted it was a difficult game:

"It was a hard-fought point in a difficult game. I felt that in the first half we had problems to find our pacy game. In the second half we came back to 1-1. Overall we have shown character, spirit and a determined attitude until the end. Both teams wanted to win it, it was an interesting game."

Wenger now sees many of his players depart on international duty, while next up for the Gunners is the visit of Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium in 12 days.

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