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Posted on 22 April 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol summed up his feelings after our 1-1 draw at Arsenal by admitting: "I'm so proud of the team."

Martin Jol summed up his feelings after our 1-1 draw at Arsenal by admitting: "I'm so proud of the team."

We chose our final visit to Highbury to produce one of our best performances of what is already a memorable Premiership campaign.

With fourth place very much on the line, we dictated for long spells against the home side and created a hatful of chances, especially in the first half - Aaron Lennon at his lightning best down the right flank.

It's just a shame that controversy surrounds our goal. With 66 minutes on the clock, the outstanding Michael Carrick broke from midfield and skipped away from the dual challenge of Emmanuel Eboue and Gilberto on the half-way line. As both Arsenal players went down, Michael continued, fed Edgar Davids down the left channel and his cross was turned in by Robbie Keane as Arsenal players and management alike protested that we should have kicked the ball out of play.

Thierry Henry eventually pegged us back with an equaliser in six minutes from time and Davids was sent off for a second bookable offence but we defended stoutly at the end to hold onto a point - the least our performance deserved.

"Everybody knows we had problems going into the game," reflected Head Coach Martin. "Ledley King and Calum Davenport were out, Mido was out and Jermaine Jenas was injured late in the week.

"We were a little concerned but we showed great character and quality.

"Teemu Tainio played centrally for us with Michael Carrick and did well, Robbie Keane was in a different role, Anthony Gardner and Michael Dawson at the back - I was very proud of the team.

"I thought we were the better team, we had a game plan and we created three or four great chances in the first half.

"Anyone who watched this game will have seen that apart from the last 15 minutes we played well and passed the ball well. I don't think there will be an Arsenal fan disagreeing that we deserved something."

The point means we maintained a four-point gap over Arsenal in fourth place.

Arsenal have a game in hand but the simple facts are that if we beat Bolton and West Ham we will finish fourth.