Wenger - We really had to dig deep

Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal for “digging deep” on a frustrating afternoon at Norwich City on Sunday.

Mesut Ozil put the Gunners in front at Carrow Road with a well-taken goal, before Lewis Grabban equalised for the hosts.

Wenger admitted his side were not at their best - and were further disrupted by injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Alexis.

“It looks to me like a fair result,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “The frustration is that we were 1-0 up and conceded a soft goal.

“Overall we had to dig deep. We were a bit jaded physically and did not have our usual sharpness in the final third. On top of that we lost Alexis, Koscielny and we had Cazorla playing on one leg in the second half.

“Overall it was a difficult game but at least we didn’t lose it. That’s the positive of the day. The negative of course is that we dropped two points.

“Norwich were physically outstanding, well-organised and waited for us in the final third. We felt many times that we had a lot of possession but couldn’t get in there enough because we were not sharp enough physically.

“What is important is that, when you’ve gone through a bad spell like us drawing against Tottenham, losing away to West Brom and drawing against Norwich, is that you are still close to the top. That is something that I would say is positive.”

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