Wenger: Draw will boost the morale

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits the 2-2 draw with Manchester City did little for either team's top-four chances, but feels it gave his side some much-needed confidence.

The Gunners twice fought back at the Emirates Stadium to earn a share of the spoils, with Theo Walcott cancelling out Leroy Sane's fifth-minute opener for City, who went back in front through Sergio Aguero just before half-time.

However, Shkodran Mustafi restored parity early in the second half to arrest a two-match losing streak for the Gunners, although the stalemate keeps them in sixth place, seven points adrift of City in fourth.

Wenger reckons the result will bolster morale in the squad after a shaky two months which saw them pick up just three wins in 10 outings across all competitions.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, the Frenchman said: "It will help us to rebuild confidence, because the players have shown some mental strength and that will help us to come back to our natural fluency.

"Mathematically for both teams it's not the best [result] today. But hopefully it will help us to restart now.

"Overall we started with quite a high level of anxiety and were punished straight away. So I felt it was a mental test and overall you could see that the team was touched on the confidence front and that the fluency in our game suffered.

"But we have shown great mental resources because we were twice down, and at one point in the worst moment of a football game, just before half-time. And on top of that we lost Koscielny, but in the second half we came back to 2-2."