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Arsenal boss Wenger delighted after late equaliser

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was relieved - rather than disappointed - after their last gasp 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

With just seconds to go at Emirates Stadium, it appeared as if the Gunners recent poor fortune was set to continue after a first-half own goal from Philippe Senderos put the visitors within touching distance of victory.

However, deep into stoppage-time, substitute Nicklas Bendtner smashed home a knock-down by Emmanuel Adebayor to rescue a point for Arsenal, who are now just a point clear of Manchester United at the top of the table.

Wenger, though, admitted the psychological blow would have been severe had his squad - who lost striker Eduardo to a broken leg at Birmingham last week - suffered defeat.

The Arsenal boss said: "The point we gained today will have a big impact on the league.

"If we had lost, that would be different, but we are still top.

"Everyone goes through a bad spell, but every point gained is of vital importance.

"I know we are not people's favourites any more for the title, but we are still a point in front, we have lost just once all season and we just need to bounce back from this bad spell.

"In terms of momentum, Manchester United have it - but my favourites are Arsenal."

Wenger - who takes his men to AC Milan for the second leg of their Champions League clash next week - continued: "Psychologically, if we had lost, that would have jaded our confidence. To get a point will be a big boost."

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