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Wenger sees Arsenal improvement with Schalke draw

After their 2-2 draw in the Champions League away to the Germans, the Gunners' manager has praised his side and believes it has moved on from defeat over the weekend

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side’s 2-2 draw with Schalke in the Champions League shows how much the players have improved as a team.

The Gunners had a two-goal lead in the first half, but conceded two to finish with a point from their latest game in Group B, but the Frenchman believes the result shows they are going in the right direction.

“You could see the results of the German teams. They have physical quality, technical quality, and they never give up on top of that. So overall, I believe that the game was not over, even at 2-0," Wenger told Sky Sports.

“Look, we lost on Saturday and at least we didn't lose again today.”

Wenger refused to be drawn on whether Theo Walcott would now be given an extended run in the Gunners’ first team, despite some impressive recent performances including a goal against the Germans.

“Theo Walcott has done extremely well today, and was certainly one of our best players today," the coach said. "What people forget is that he was injured for a long time and injured with England. He just comes back now, that's basically it. We all know that he's a great player.”

The Frenchman is also not concerned about the Gunners’ last group game against Olympiakos, which could be crucial in deciding whether they or the Greeks progress to the knockout stages.

“It doesn't matter too much," he said. "What is important is that we win the next game against Montpellier. It can go to the last game, it can also not go to the last game.”

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