By Joe Brewin

Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal would not have retrieved a point against Fulham in the same circumstances last season.

The Gunners were forced to battle for a hard-earned point against the Cottagers at Emirates Stadium on Saturday with Thomas Vermaelen’s late header eventually earning the hosts a share of the spoils.

Szczesny believes there are plenty of positives to take from the match despite not walking away with all three points.

“Let's take the positives because we responded well,” he said. "I told the lads that after the game.

“We were frustrated in the dressing room because we want to win every game. But when we calm down a bit we will realise we played really well and looked like the only team that would win.

“You can see from today that we are up for a fight. It's not as beautiful but we got there.

“We lacked a bit of luck in the box, they made some fantastic blocks and clearances. It's not always beautiful but it's effective. Hopefully that will take us further up the table.

Szczesny praised the visitors for a battling display, citing his opposite number Mark Schwarzer for a particularly eye-catching performance.

“Of course, we’re always disappointed not to get three points,” he said. “I thought we played well, our attitude was fantastic.

“Credit to Fulham, they defended fantastically towards the end and Schwarzer made a few fantastic saves. I think we needed a few more minutes to win the game.

“It didn't happen though and we can only praise the team spirit. We finished on a high, which hopefully we can take into the next game.

“We’ve still got the momentum so hopefully we can take that onto the Man City and Wigan games. We are still confident.”

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28 Nov 2011