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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lamented his team’s poor finishing after the Gunners’ goalless draw at Highbury.

The home team created a whole host of chances but were continually denied by Fulham keeper Edwin van der Sar.

“We had chances to finish the game off,” said Wenger.

“The keeper had a good game but, as well, our finishing was not as clinical as it used to be. The result is frustrating but we played well.

“We expected the goal to come and it was a question of patience but we lacked the spark to finish it and we tried to force it too much.”

Wenger praised the performance of Van der Sar, but felt was less than pleased with Fulham’s defensive tactics.

“Van der Sar played well, although we didn’t force him to make any exceptional saves,” added Wenger.

“We didn’t give him huge problems but tactically he was very good.

“When Dennis (Bergkamp) and Freddie (Ljungberg) went through he didn’t sell himself too early.”

“Fulham just defended and they refused to go forward when they won the ball.

“From then on, if you don’t score, the game is difficult. If we had scored they would have been forced to come out.”