Arsène Wenger feels Monday night’s goalless draw with Chelsea was a “missed opportunity” for his side.

The Arsenal manager said his team should have been awarded a penalty in the first half when Theo Walcott was tripped by Willian in the area.

The Gunners also missed a flurry of late second-half chances, and Wenger was left slightly frustrated at the result.

We were maybe a bit less fluent than we can be and played a little bit with the handbrake because we knew we had not to lose

Arsène Wenger

“I have regrets because I felt we should have won this game,” he told Arsenal Player. “They had one chance in the first half and I think it was a penalty for us [for the trip on Walcott].

“Overall in the second half we had two or three good opportunities that we didn’t take. But it was the kind of game that was locked tactically by Chelsea because they wanted to catch us on the break.

“If felt we were a bit edgy at the start because of our last result and it took us a while to get going. You saw that Chelsea, when they took Torres off and put Oscar up front, were happy with a draw and to lock up the game.

“We were maybe a bit less fluent than we can be and played a little bit with the handbrake because we knew we had not to lose that game if we could not win it. It is a consequence of [the games against] Everton and Man City.

“It is a missed opportunity but I cannot fault the desire of the team, they gave absolutely everything.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 24 Dec 2013