By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger admits his side cannot afford to drop too many points if they are to claw their way back into the title race.

Thomas Vermaelen’s late header rescued a late point for the Gunners against Fulham on Saturday after the defender had earlier put the visitors ahead with an unfortunate own goal.

Wenger believes the spirit in his squad is never found wanting but conceded that every point lost gives Arsenal even more work to do.

“At the moment we need to come back to a stronger position,” he said. “I believe we have recovered but we have come from a position where we cannot afford to drop points.

“We came from so deep that every two points becomes not very mathematically good for us.

“Overall I must say that the spirit in the squad is so good that I'm confident we'll improve even more.

“The spirit was exceptional [against Fulham] - you could see that when we were 1-0 down the team responded by giving absolutely everything to come back.

“I expected at 1-1 for there to be a bigger flow and put them under more pressure but we didn't have the resources. I think we complicated our game a bit.

“In the final third at that stage of the game we could only go down the flanks but we went too much down the middle.

“Once we had Chamakh and Van Persie in the box the most important thing was to go wide and cross the ball but we tried too much through the middle.”

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28 Nov 2011