By Matt Fortune

In hindsight William Gallas believes the draw at a Newcastle was a good result. 

Talking at The Armoury, where the captain met hordes of the Gunners faithful, he conceded that Arsenal were not at their brilliant best. But to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League and remain unbeaten was a good enough return from a tough test in the North-East.

"It was a good result," Gallas told "Newcastle played very well and they pressed us all over. A draw is good for us.

"We didn't lose and we still have four points more than Manchester United. What is more important when you draw or when you win, is that you still have confidence. For the next game it is good."

Arsenal are back in the North-East on Sunday to face another struggling team - Middlesbrough. However, Gallas knows that the Teessiders' recent travails will have little bearing on the result.

"When a manager is under pressure they ask the players to fight during 90 minutes," said the Frenchman. "I think Newcastle is a good example [for Middlesbrough] because the players didn't want to lose the game. They played for themselves and for the manager.

"We will be tired but we can find the power to be ready for 90 minutes. The best thing is to win every game. We have to come back from there with a victory. It is important for the future."

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7 Dec 2007