Arsène Wenger has praised Arsenal’s charisma and togetherness after Sunday’s goalless draw at Stoke City.

The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League after producing a committed and tenacious display to secure a point on a ground where Chelsea and both Manchester sides have lost in the league this season.

The manner of Arsenal’s performance generally pleased Wenger, though the manager was frustrated that his side “lacked the final ball” in attack.

Compared to the history we have here, it’s a positive result. Compared to our desire to win the game, it’s not a positive result

“I thought we were tested on our capacity to fight, on our capacity to have a great togetherness, to respond and we responded well,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’m of course a bit unhappy because we like to score goals and we didn’t score today.

“We maybe lacked the final ball, the creative side of our game. But they made a fight of it and we had to respond.

“Compared to the history we have here, it’s a positive result. Compared to our desire to win the game, it’s not a positive result.

“But overall, compared to the results of all of the other teams who play at the top, it’s still a positive result.

“There’s a charisma in this team, a togetherness that comes out with a fighting attitude,” Wenger added. “[We are] people who really want to do well and that came out again today.

“I’m very proud of that and I think the club should be proud of that.”

Jack Butland saves from Olivier Giroud
Jack Butland saves from Olivier Giroud

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Nik Brumsack 17 Jan 2016