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Frenchman pleased with players' "outstanding spirit" but admits fatigue took its toll as Gunners are held at White Hart Lane in a six-goal thriller

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side do not get the credit they deserve after watching them draw 3-3 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The visitors led the game three times after goals by Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie but were forced to settle for a point after a Rafael van der Vaart brace and a Tom Huddlestone strike earned a point for Harry Redknapp’s men.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Wenger insisted his side were still in the title race despite now being six points behind leaders Manchester United.

“No, it’s not over [the title race], we have to fight, we have to continue to battle like we did,” he said.

“We had an outstanding first half and in the second half we dropped physically because we had a difficult game on Sunday [against Liverpool].

“We suffered physically in the second half and did hang on but were unfortunate to concede the penalty but maybe the second goal was decisive because we needed to get to half-time with a two goal lead.

The Frenchman also hailed his players’ “outstanding spirit” and insisted his side deserve far more credit than they are given.

“Overall an outstanding spirit and we need to keep battling to the last day. It was two big games in three days and you could see in the second half that the recovery was a bit short.”

“One thing we do not have to show is that we can be up for it in every single game,” he added.

“The mental strength of the team has been outstanding because not many teams would have survived what we have gone through, and all the criticism we have faced and I think that this team deserves much more credit that it’s given.”


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