Mathieu Flamini scored a second half equaliser for Wenger’s men, as they bounced back from the disappointment of the 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea and the 2-2 draw with Swansea.
The Gunners are fourth in the League table with six games left to play, but Arteta was thrilled to see a response of sorts from Arsenal.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It means a lot [in terms of self-belief] after two disappointing results in a row.
After we went 1-0 down, mentally we were really strong and showed great belief. We were playing against one of the best teams in the country and we had the best situations in the game.
We all came together again and fought a lot and deserved at least a point. The lads had a great response, and I thought we could have nicked a goal to win it. I liked the character and the desire the team showed.
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When we have the crowd behind us, it gives us something extra. To play here as a visitor, it is really difficult when everyone is behind Arsenal, it makes it really hard.
I know they [the fans] were disappointed with the results, but we have a real chance now to finish the season strongly.
Mentally someone had to put it right, and only we [the players] could do that. We have got the crowd back with us now and hopefully we can finish the season strong because there is still a lot to play for.
The Gunners have been heavily criticised for their recent displays, however their second half display in the 1-1 draw against title contenders City was very encouraging. They played with more confidence in that second period and looked like they may go on to win the game, which in the first half looked very unlikely.
They are seven points behind Liverpool and three points behind City, however the Manchester side have two games in-hand so realistically it seems that we are out of the Premier League title race. However, that second half display suggests that they will have enough in them to keep themselves in the Champions League spots.
The Toffees are four points behind Wenger’s men with a game in-hand and will face the Gunners at the Goodison Park this weekend. Arsenal have the easier fixtures and if they even prevent Roberto Martinez’s side winning that crunch game, then we will be in the pole position for fourth spot.
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