Wenger confident Arsenal can still claim top-four finish

Goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi cancelled out strikes from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero in North London.

Arsenal now sit sixth in the Premier League and are seven points off City in fourth place.

"Despite all that's happened on the fans front, I felt our fans were fantastic today", Wenger told reporters.

"They really helped the team recover and we are grateful for that". "We were able to get a good result against one of the best teams in the Premier League, so the confidence will slowly come back and we have to continue that on Wednesday".

But they failed to earn all three points at the Emirates Stadium and now sit seven points off the Champions League places, albeit with a game in hand over fourth-placed City.

Arsene Wenger says he has not been set any specific targets by the Arsenal board this season - but insisted the achievement of finishing in the top four has always been undervalued.

The video was accompanied by the words "More fans fighting at the game" with sleeping emoticons, indicating how such scenes have become depressingly common for Arsenal fans so far.

"We had a refusal to lose the game, we were ready for a fight."

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"I wish just to dedicate my energy to football and the next game, and leave my own personal case out of the debate".

Arsenal looked set for a hard afternoon when Leroy Sane sprinted clear and gave City the lead after five minutes, but Wenger's men steadied the ship.

Arsenal appeared to be at City's mercy in the first half and visiting manager Pep Guardiola explained his side's failure to capitalise by saying his players "forgot to play".

However, after losing Laurent Koscielny to an achilles injury, it was his central defensive partner who levelled things up yet again, in a set piece situation to restore parity for Arsenal.

"I do believe he's the right man", he said.

Wenger admitted he'd seen the signs on his way into training but mocked the supporters for wasting their time in such a futile exercise.

"We went forward and exposed ourselves to counter-attack. It (finishing in the top four) is a good challenge but I think it's perfectly possible", said Wenger.

  • Rita Burton