Birthday boy Arsene Wenger has said he will help himself to a much-needed drink as Arsenal were held at home to a tricky Middlesbrough side.
The Gunners missed the chance to open up a three-point gap at the top of the Premier League table and Wenger believes Arsenal’s troubles at the Emirates was ultimately down to a lack of energy.
“It is a game where you had a lot of possession but there were tired legs and you are prone to counter-attacks,” said Wenger.
“You make it difficult for yourself. 75% possession but you could have lost the game, that is modern football.
“When you are not sharp, you lack creativity in the final third. I must say, we gave everything but we did not have the legs today.
“The energy levels were a bit down but we were intelligent enough not to lose it. We were exposed at times. When you cannot win, you must not lose.
“They had chances but our goalkeeper saved us today. Petr Cech had a good performance in decisive phases.
“We tried. You don’t win on command though. We lacked our creative potential around the box. That is part of it.
Wenger celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday, and joked he would have had a drink regardless of the scoreline.
He added: “At least you can have a drink on your birthday. When you win you deserve it, when you don’t you need it.”