By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes the Premier League merits better surfaces than the one used at Birmingham on Saturday.

Arsenal failed to get their passing going at St Andrew's in another crucial game at the top of the table. It took them until the 81st minute to take the lead and even then they were pegged back in the dying seconds when Bacary Sagna's clearance looped home after hitting Kevin Phillips.

Wenger knew it would be one of the toughest remaining games for his title-chasing side but the conditions did not help.

"The place is very hostile but what is most important is that the pitch was terrible," he said afterwards.

"If we are selling our game's international rights for £1.2 billion next year that means we have to offer something to people. When we pretend we have the best league in the world, the minimum we have is to take care of our pitches when you want so much money.

"When you go to a dentist, do you want him to have as bad a tool as possible to repair your teeth?"

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29 Mar 2010