Arsenal 1 Everton 1: Arsene Wenger calls draw following Gerard Deulofeu equaliser a logical result
Everton had completed over 100 more passes than Arsenal at the Emirates
Monday 09 December 2013
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described his team's 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday as a "logical result".
The Toffees' substitute Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, equalised six minutes from time after Mesut Ozil had opened the scoring for the Gunners, but Everton edged Arsenal in both possession (55% to 45%) and completed over a 100 more passes (433 to 317).
"Overall we got a point and you can say that it’s the logical result," Wenger told Sky Sports."It was a very intense game and you have to say Everton were a very good side. We found it difficult to get into the game and Everton always remained dangerous."
On the triple substitution made in the 68th-minute, when Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott came on for Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, Wenger admitted that Arsenal needed "fresh legs" as the season enters the gruelling festive period.
"We had some tired legs and problems to get our flow going," Wenger said. "We needed fresh legs."
Overall. though, Wenger was happy to have five points between his side and closest challengers Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of the Gunners difficult week when they travel to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and are then away to Manchester City on Saturday.
"[The result is] Not bad to take - ideally we wanted seven but at least we've got five.
"It gives a little bit of a cushion to play in a serene way against other teams.
"Then a difficult task in Naples and then go to Man City."
Wenger's opposite number, Roberto Martinez, said he was delighted with the manner of his side's performance, four days after they won 1-0 at Manchester United.
"Their goal came from nothing but to display the character and come back to score with a goal of that quality was fitting for a game of that standard," the Spaniard said. "It is a good example of how we have been working to get in positions where we can win at Manchester United and come to the Emirates and get a draw. We are still learning and developing."
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