Wenger admits Arsenal draw frustrating but not a nightmare

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he is frustrated after his side were held to a 0-0 draw against Hull City yesterday in the FA Cup, but stated that the nightmare would have been if his side were eliminated.

The French coach rested a number of prominent players ahead of the Champions League clash with Barcelona in midweek, with the Premier League title hopefuls failing to break down a stubborn opponent.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic pulled off a number of notable stops to keep the deadlock, with the game now to be replayed in the near future.

Despite extreme fixture congestion for the North London side, Wenger has stated that he would prefer playing a replay than had his team been knocked out of the tournament.

“The nightmare would have been to go out,” he told the club’s official website.

“The frustration is that we didn’t score and it’s not what we wanted, to have a replay, but between that and going out, we choose the replay.

“I am happy for the replay [as opposed to going out]. We need to be more efficient in the final third, because today we had more than 70 per cent possession and we will not have that on Tuesday night. That means we’ll have to be more efficient with much less of the ball.”

Arsenal have won the FA Cup in the last two seasons and will hope to retain the trophy this season, as well as putting forward a title challenge.