MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 19 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team’s mental strength after a late goal from Olivier Giroud sealed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Gunners were trailing to Juan Mata’s 68th-minute opener, before Wenger threw on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, and the English winger picked out the French striker for an 89th-minute equaliser.
“The result in the end is positive for us because we were 1-0 down with two minutes to go,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“The rest I think it was a bit scrappy game, with two teams who were very well organised to defend well.
“We didn’t manage enough to get them out of position, our game was not quick enough in passing and penetration was not there as we can be.
“In the first half we looked like we had good possession but not many chances, we came out of the dressing room second half and I think we suffered for 20 minutes and they deserved to be in front.
“But at least we had a good mental response to come back to win the point. Last year we would have lost this game and this year we didn’t so we have improved on that front.”