ARSENE WENGER believes the effort his Arsenal players put in against Manchester United on Sunday cost them victory against Sunderland.

The Gunners played out a 0-0 draw with the Black Cats at the Emirates Stadium as they failed to breakdown the visitors' resolute defence.

Costel Pantilimon produced three fine saves to deny Olivier Giroud, Kieran Gibbs andTheo Walcott while Billy Jones deflected Aaron Ramsey's cross onto the bar in the second half.

The point all but secured the Gunners third place due to their superior goal difference overManchester United and Wenger hopes his side will be back to their best by the time the FA Cup final comes around.

He said: "We couldn't score and Sunderland defended well which is understandable because they knew they could be safe tonight. We tried and tried.

"We gave a lot on Sunday to come back and you could see that the legs were not completely there tonight. At least we didn't concede and we got an important point.

"We have some time to prepare and recover for the FA Cup final and I think we will do that.

"Jack Wilshere gave a lot, he did alright. He had some good movement. But we are all frustrated because we didn't score."

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