Arsene still searching for a first win over the 'defensive one'
Arsene still searching for a first win over the ‘defensive one’

Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal’s goalless draw with Chelsea in the Premier League at the Emirates this afternoon.

The result leaves the Gunners in third place, behind Manchester City on goal difference.

The point edges Chelsea to within touching distance of being crowned champions. Two wins will confirm the title for the Blues.

Here is what Arsene Wenger had to say following the match, courtesy of Arsenal Player.

on the result…
We were disappointed because we wanted to win but we didn’t manage to score.

on whether Arsenal did enough to win…
I think we did enough to win the game today and Chelsea defended well. I felt that we played with the right intensity in the first half. We dropped that in the second half and came back to the right level in the last 20 minutes. We could have finished the game off. Ozil had a good chance in the final minute of the game but they came to defend well, did it well and everybody knows that.

on Ospina’s challenge on Oscar…
Yes [we were fortunate].

on whether it should have been a penalty…
I think we could have had one or two as well. The referee played advantage to Oscar. He was first on the ball so he played advantage but Hector Bellerin managed to save a goal, so it was difficult for him [to pull play back].

on whether Cazorla’s shot was blocked by a hand…
I haven’t seen it but you can always debate on that. I haven’t seen it again.

on whether Chelsea are worthy champions…
They are not champions yet but they will be, and you get what you deserve. They started the season strong and they made the difference in the first half of the season compared to us.

on whether Arsenal can close the gap…
We have closed it since the start of the season. What happened is that they had the experience at the back, they could close the game down. We lacked freedom of mind today. Maybe we were too conscious of their counter-attacking and didn’t play with enough freedom in the final third. We made some wrong decisions.

on whether Arsenal’s record against Chelsea affected the players…
It’s always difficult to know that straight away after the game. In the dangerous situations we created in the first half, what we usually do – the decisions are quick and sharp – and today the decisions in the final ball were not always right. All the build-up was very good, very quick, but the final ball wasn’t there.

on Arsenal’s confidence…
We want to finish this season well and when you look at the other results – I watched Aston Villa against Manchester City, and today Manchester United – every game is difficult. We need to absolutely keep focused until the end of the game, and then we can see what we can do next season. Let’s finish well. We have a strong end now. We go to Hull and then we want to secure top four before the FA Cup final because that battle is not done yet. After that, we can look at the top three or the top two. It’s all to do now.

on how Cesc Fabregas was received…
I’ve seen much worse.

on whether he should have beaten Jose Mourinho today…
It’s about our club and our team, not about me. What you want is to win the game for the club. The rest may be good for media talk but it’s less interesting [for me]. What is important is what happens on the football pitch.