Jack Wilshere says Arsenal's draw against Everton was a positive result in the context of the Premier League weekend.

Arsène Wenger's side opened up a five-point lead over their closest rivals despite conceding a late equaliser at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

But Chelsea's defeat at Stoke City, coupled with Manchester City's draw at Southampton, means Arsenal have strengthened their position in the title race.

I think before the game you would take a point considering the weekend [results]

"I think before the game you would take a point considering the weekend [results]," Wilshere told Arsenal Player.

"If you can't win the game, don't lose the game. But when we go 1-0 up we expect to win the game, especially when there is eight or so minutes to go. We're disappointed with that, but overall we'll take a point.

"I'd say [Everton have been our toughest opponents this season]. We played Tottenham here as well which was a tough game, but Everton always come here and they do well.

"I remember last year [against them] it was probably our toughest game as well, we drew 0-0. They're a strong team, they've got a new manager as well so they play a different way but they're still just as strong. They took the game to us in the first half."

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Chris Harris 9 Dec 2013