Wenger celebrates birthday with a draw


Alexis Sanchez tested Boro keeper Victor Valdes in the first half, but Petr Cech produced a number of saves to keep the score level.

The Gunners thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil's effort was rightly ruled out for offside.
And Wenger admitted Arsenal were just too tired to get anything more than a point.

"It is a game where you had a lot of possession but there were tired legs and you are prone to counter-attacks,” Wenger said.

“You make it difficult for yourself. 75% possession but you could have lost the game, that is modern football.

"When you are not sharp, you lack creativity in the final third. I must say, we gave everything but we did not have the legs today.

"The energy levels were a bit down but we were intelligent enough not to lose it. We were exposed at times. When you cannot win, you must not lose.

"They had chances but our goalkeeper saved us today. Petr Cech had a good performance in decisive phases.

"We tried. You don't win on command though. We lacked our creative potential around the box. That is part of it.

"At least you can have a drink on your birthday. When you win you deserve it, when you don't you need it."

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