By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes his players are “united, passionate and want to win” despite the disappointing draw with Tottenham on Wednesday.

Arsenal have taken some criticism after shipping two late goals against their near-neighbours in midweek. Media reports on Friday morning talked of disagreements in the dressing room after strikes from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon stole a point.

However Wenger says his side know the “truth on the inside” and stressed the togetherness in his team.

“We were all very disappointed,” he told “The mood in the dressing room was of disbelief and frustration. But the players are united, passionate and want to win.

“They are in this together, they want to be winners together. We have a long way to go and we are all determined to show that we can fight for this title together.  We know the truth on the inside and that is not what has been projected on the outside.  We know what we have to do.”

Of course, Tottenham’s late rally was a blow and left Arsenal six points off leaders Liverpool. However, while it felt like it was a defeat, Wenger’s men actually drew the game and rose to third on the strength of it.

“Yes it’s not all bad but it is disappointing,” said Wenger. “Our run is going on and I would say the future of our season lies in how much we learn from games like that.

“We have fantastic potential but the future of the team is about what we do with that potential. We want to address that very quickly and respond.”

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31 Oct 2008