Unai Emery was pleased with how his Gunners performed against Tottenham on Saturday.
Spurs came from behind to draw 1-1 with Arsenal in the north London derby at Wembley as Aaron Ramsey’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Harry Kane’s spot-kick.
Emery decided to leave out Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal's starting XI in their away trip to Wembley to face Tottenham - who were looking to bounce back to winning ways following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League - on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners started the match well enough and got their reward when Ramsey broke the deadlock in the 16th minute with a cool finish as he dribbled past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris before slotting home.
Kane then responded for the Lilywhites in the second half when he scored from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Shkodran Mustafi. And sadly for the Gunners, TV replays showed the England striker was offside when pushed by the Arsenal defender.
Aubameyang fluffed a last-minute penalty to deny Arsenal a victory over their fiercest rivals as the match ended in a draw.
And, following the thrilling encounter, Emery told BT Sport: "We are fine in our way, today being competitive and adapting our performance it demanded a lot of transition for us and for us it is good not the result because we can win, but we can be stronger in our mentality after this match going forward.
"One month ago I said to everybody VAR is coming forward it is difficult to referees. You can analyse with TV it is easy but referees can't use that now. Maybe today match is different with that but I understand it is difficult. The referee is a big personality it is not easy to balance the two teams but I like this referee.
"We need to be together to be strong like a team. We need a keeper like Leno today and Ramsey’s last derby, maybe he can play more in the future, but for now I am happy for him.
"We are thinking each match for three points, to continue in our way, our target is clear it is difficult but today we can be proud of everybody in our work. We showed everybody we are creating and doing it our way.”