By Nick Teale

Gael Clichy prefers to focus on the positive side of picking up a point away in the Champions League after the Gunners conceded a late goal in Alkmaar on Tuesday night.

David Mendes da Silva volleyed home a 93rd-minute equaliser for the Dutch champions after Cesc Fabregas had put the Gunners ahead in the first half.

Despite the goal, Arsenal remain top of Group H with two home games still to come. And Clichy insists there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful about Arsenal’s European campaign.

"It is a big disappointment to lose two points in the last seconds," said the French defender.

"But maybe before the game, people would have said 1-1 could have been a good result.

"There are a lot of positives from the game and we have to look [at those] for the next game.

"I thought defensively, as a unit, we played well. We are still first [in Group H] and need one more win.

"At the end of the day when you look back, 1-1 is not a bad result."

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21 Oct 2009