By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger admits the sensitivity of Saturday's game affected Arsenal's performance against Aston Villa.

Few could have argued had Martin O'Neill's side taken all three points at Emirates Stadium over the weekend.

They had a little fortune when Philippe Senderos put through his own net to give them the lead in the 27th minute. Villa might have added to the scoreline but, after mounting pressure, Arsenal finally rescued a point when Nicklas Bendtner struck with virtually the final kick of the match.

Afterwards, Wenger said the team were still struggling to get over the events of last weekend when Eduardo suffer a fractured fibula and an open dislocation to his ankle joint.

"It was a very sensitive day for us," said Wenger. "The whole week was not easy to handle. It's the first time we've faced that kind of situation and it takes a bit of time to get over it because we are human beings and basically everybody thinks 'that could have happened to me'.

"Our minds were a little bit off the sharpness of the competition.

"I believe we will play better on Tuesday in Milan. Saturday was a day when we weren't at our best but Tuesday will be a different game."

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Richard Clarke 3 Mar 2008