Thomas Vermaelen played 90 minutes for the first time since August tonight and Arsenal kept a clean sheet. However, for the first time since the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool the Gunners failed to score.
Speaking after the game Vermaelen praised the quality of the opponents, saying, “It was hard work today. They are a good side with good players on the pitch and we had to work hard for this point. In the second half we had moments where we dominated the play but didn’t score.”
And Theo Walcott was left frustrated by the team’s inability to get the goal which would have assured qualification for the knock-out stages, and wasn’t prepared to use Saturday’s exertions against Chelsea as an excuse.
“Saturday did take a lot out of us but we know what to expect in the Champions League. They’re a very strong team, we found it quite tough out there as well. But like I said before we were very solid at the back.
“Obviously Thomas has been a massive miss and players who have come in have done a fantastic job. We had the home support, we need to be winning our home matches, but yet again we were solid at the back, we managed to keep a clean sheet, but our strikers didn’t manage to get it in the net this time. It’s a point and all we can do is look forward to the weekend now”.
Arsena face West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday,