Wenger explains his team selection

Arsene Wenger left Old Trafford on Saturday feeling relief and frustration.

Relief because we came back from a goal down to earn a point through Olivier Giroud’s late header. Frustration because we could have got even more from the game.

The manager conceded that a draw was a fair result and explained why he chose to field all three of Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin.

“I knew it would be a bit more of a physical battle so I chose players who have experience and fight,” Wenger told

“That’s why my selection was because of that. At the end of the day, everyone gave their maximum and there is a special spirit in the squad. That’s why we came back, because the players who came on made the difference. That’s remarkable.

“Considering the first half, yes [it was a fair result]. We had a lot of possession but in the second half when we came out of the dressing room, we dropped. We offered less going forward, but when we were 1-0 down we found the resources again.

“We want to be about style and steel but today we were more about steel than style. There’s a remarkable resilience in the squad and that’s why we came back to 1-1. We didn’t have the usual fluency in our game. Was that because Manchester United blocked us well? I think it was because we were also not at our best going forward.”

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