On the game:
"Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle.
"They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness - which is what we did.
"We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute.
"We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it's a positive result. But, overall we missed two points today."
"Yesterday morning he was not very well," Wenger revealed. "He already was not 100 per cent at Liverpool so I decided to leave him out. I think he should be back for next Sunday."