Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was upbeat despite his side dropping two points in the title race away at Stoke City.
The Gunners kept their lead at the top of the English Premier League table but Manchester City are now only one point from the top.
They host Chelsea next Sunday with the Citizens away at West Ham United and Leicester City hosting the Potters at the King Power Stadium.
"Maybe we had a better opportunities to score," Wenger told BBC Sport.
"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.
"Petr Cech was outstanding, we needed a player like him in the air when Stoke played that kind of game."