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Arsene Wenger paid tribute to the spirit displayed by his Arsenal side in a topsy-turvy London derby with Fulham.

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Arsene Wenger: Saw Arsenal take a point from a game which could have swung eithe

Arsene Wenger: Saw Arsenal take a point from a game which could have swung eithe

It looked like being a comfortable afternoon for the Gunners as they raced into a two-goal lead, but the Dimitar Berbatov-inspired Cottagers turned the tie on its head to lead 3-2 at one stage in the second half.

Arsenal came again to snatch a share of the spoils, and were left cursing their luck in the dying seconds as Mikel Arteta saw a stoppage-time penalty saved by Mark Schwarzer.

Asked if Fulham deserved to take something from the game they offered a lot to, Wenger told Sky Sports: "Deserved is very difficult to measure. You have the possibility to win the game and we didn't take that.

"We were 2-0 up and gave two goals away. After that we showed fantastic spirit, but I believe we have not shown enough urgency in our defending at 2-0 up. Then, in the second half, we have done great and are unlucky in missing a penalty.

"We had plenty of chances. I felt that the team would continue to fight and not give up.

"The spirit was absolutely fantastic on both sides, it was a good football game. But you want the edge going for you, that didn't happen today, but it was a good game."

There was some debate as to whether Arsenal should have been awarded their last-gasp spot-kick, with Sascha Riether pulled up for a questionable handball.

Pressed on whether he thought the awarding of a penalty was the right call, having seen a similar decision go against his side at Manchester United last weekend, Wenger said: "I don't think so, no."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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