Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his side's mental strength after coming from behind to seal a point against Tottenham. Kieran Gibbs' late equaliser cancelled out Harry Kane's opener and denied Mauricio Pochettino's team from sealing three points in the north London derby at the Emirates as the tie ended 1-1. However, after the game Wenger heaped praise on his men and also gave credit to the Lilywhites - who were the better side in the first half.
"It was a very intense game," the Frenchman said while speaking to Sky Sports. "I must give credit to my players for their refusal to lose the game because they played against a good Tottenham side, but we still managed to get a point. "We were a bit unlucky because Cazorla was not himself in the first half, so I changed him at half-time. He was dizzy and not at the races, so we suffered in the middle of the park. "Maybe [for the goal] we had not the right timing to play offside, but after that in the second half it was a great mental response and we showed we were determined not to lose. "I believe 1-1 is a fair result. We had great chances to score. Both sides had chances. Giroud could have kicked it at the end." The Arsenal boss is convinced the Gunners' mental strength will serve them right in the Premier League title race. "We were a bit on the ropes and we responded," he added.
"Every time we have a disappointment I feel we respond well in the game after. When you look at the results again today you see Villa-City was 0-0, Liverpool lost and we played 1-1. "It just shows you that the championship will be extremely difficult for everybody. "The mental qualities can have a big influence in the future and I think we need these qualities."