Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on his squad to ‘maintain spirit’ in order to stay in the title hunt, reports talkSPORT.

The Gunners were not at their sparkling best for Sunday’s visit of Everton, but managed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

Wenger admitted he was frustrated to not pick up all three points, after Mesut Ozil had put the Gunners 1-0 up with just 10 minutes left to play.

However, a stunning strike from Gerard Deulofeu just four minutes later, ensured Everton left with a deserved share of the spoils.

“We were not the most fluent today, we have played better going forward but we took a point,” Wenger said.

“We are five points ahead, we wanted seven, but we’ll have to take five and it’s not too bad.

“You can see these five points will be needed because all the teams are very good and everybody will be dropping points. The consistency level we have shown can be a big asset for us if we can keep that attitude and that spirit.

“We’re disappointed but not down by the result today because we have every reason to believe in ourselves and continue with that attitude.

“Were we too nervous? Were we too relaxed? I don’t know, but it took us a while to get into the game and find the right level of commitment. In the first 25 minutes we had that problem.”

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