Wenger’s side would have moved four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham with a win over Everton on Tuesday, but instead they had to settle for a frustrating point after struggling to cope with the visitors’ physical approach at the Emirates Stadium.
The race to finish in the Premier League’s top four looks certain to go down to the wire as third placed Arsenal are just two points ahead of both Chelsea, who have two games in hand, and Tottenham. who have played one game less than their north London rivals.
Failure to qualify for the lucrative Champions League would be a massive blow for the Gunners, but Arsenal manager Wenger is convinced his team have the mental strength to cope with the high-pressure situation.
“We should have won the game but it keeps us still in a strong position in the race for the top four,” Wenger said. “We are on a very strong run with a fantastic spirit so you do not want to complain too much about what didn’t go for us.
“We dropped two points but if we win our coming games we will get there. The other teams have games in hand but they play each other. My belief was always strong and still is. I’m confident we will do it.”
Wenger’s belief in Arsenal’s ability to cope with the stresses and strains of the run-in hasn’t been dented despite Everton knocking them out of their stride with an overtly aggressive game plan.