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Arsene Wenger on a frustrating draw and the penalty shout


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team deserved to get all three points from the North London derby.

The Gunners enjoyed most of the possession but fell behind after a mistake in midfield allowed Erik Lamela to feed Nacer Chadli who scored his fourth goal in five Premier League appearances.

Arsenal replied in the second half through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the Frenchman believes a draw is not enough.

"I think, if you look at the shots on goal Tottenham had and the amount of time they had the ball, they can say they have got a great result today," Wenger said during his press conference.

"Yes [it's a frustrating result], it's the kind of game that you win if you don't give a goal away. They waited for us, defended deep to catch us on the break, and we had about 70 per cent possession.

"You have to be patient without making the mistake. We also had a handicap because we lost two players early in the game and we were restricted to just one change when we had complete control of the game in the final 30 minutes.

"I had only one option to bring on going forward and that is not enough in a game like that."

Asked if his team should have been awarded a penalty, Wenger said: "I think it was [a penalty] but the referee decided it wasn't, so you should ask him why."

With Arsenal showing a bit more intention at the end of the game, Spurs seemed happy with the draw as they slowed the game down waiting for the final whistle.

"They tried to make it as simple as possible - they tried to gain time," added Wenger.

"Slowing the game down is normal and I understand it completely. But the referee's there to make the flow of the game respected and I would like an English referee to do it for once.

"People pay money in the stands to watch football. It's as simple as that. It's only a respect of the people who pay money to watch football."

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