By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has been quick to praise his side’s defensive qualities in Dortmund.

Wenger looked on from the stands as his side battled to a draw against the German champions at Signal Iduna Park and said he enjoyed what he saw from his resilient side.

“The fact that we were quite solid in our defending and were calm under pressure, I liked that,” the boss said.

“At some stage you accept it in the second half, that it will be difficult to combine to get out and that you will be tested defensively. The fact that we came out with some credit is a positive for the season.

“If you want to be successful that is needed in some games. Ideally you want to dominate every game from the first to the last minute.”

The point was greeted well by both manager and players, and Wenger was quick to sing the praises of his side for standing tall and not conceding a second goal on the night.

“At the moment, I feel the team looks for confidence,” he said. “I hoped for a long time that we would win it.

“At the end of the day I know how important it is for the confidence not to lose it. Once you go back to 1-1 with the atmosphere that you have experienced there, you know that you are under threat.

“Just not to concede the second goal shows the mentality of the team. For me, it was positive in the end.”

The full interview with Wenger is now available. He discusses: the team's search for confidence, Laurent Koscielny's encouraging form, a new system for set-pieces, confidence in his transfer window captures and Blackburn's start to the season.

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15 Sep 2011