By Rob Kelly

Thomas Vermaelen has hailed his side’s mentality after they claimed a hard-fought point at Everton on Wednesday night.

The Gunners took the lead through Theo Walcott’s early strike, before Marouane Fellaini drew the hosts level with a fine effort from 20 yards.

Arsenal were put under real pressure in the second half, but held on for a share of the spoils to the satisfaction of their captain.

“Every time when you come here, you have to fight really hard for the points,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player. “You know it will be physical battle, with the likes of Fellaini and Jelavic up front.

“In the first minute we scored a good goal, and after that we dominated but gave them chances because we were a little bit sloppy with the ball. That was a bit disappointing.

“In the second half we were a little bit dangerous but didn't create too many chances. In the end we got a point, I don't know if we should be happy with that or not.

“Mentality-wise, there is nothing wrong with the team. Everybody works hard and there is no one who doesn't work for the team, and that will give you results. From that point of view I am very happy.”

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29 Nov 2012