Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his sides “hard fought” 0-0 draw against Stoke at the Britannia stadium “shows the spirit” in his team.
The Gunners climbed back to the top of the Premier League with a draw against the Potters, but were denied all three points by a wonderful goalkeeping display from Jack Butland.
A fine performance from Petr Cech kept his side in the game late on, and Wenger believes his team’s “strong” performance, at a ground they haven’t won at for six years, shows the togetherness of his side.
Speaking after the game, the Arsenal boss said: “Maybe we had a better opportunities to score, they played very well, very physical and were very direct, which is an unusual style for them.
“We needed to be strong physically and had a great spirit, we fought very hard but couldn’t take our chances.
“It is a hard fought 0-0. We have done better than years before at this ground and showed we can fight even when we miss certain players.
“It shows the spirit in the team, the desire and togetherness.
“We were less creative but on the physical front we did well.”
Arsenal reclaim top spot in the Premier League with the win, and face Chelsea at the Emirates stadium next week in a London derby.