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Everton's James McCarthy (R) challenges Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Everton's James McCarthy (R) challenges Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Everton's James McCarthy (R) challenges Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Jack Wilshere thinks Arsenal will be brimming with confidence when they face Besiktas thanks to their comeback heroics at Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal looked destined for defeat at Goodison Park after falling behind to goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith.

The Gunners missed a host of chances in the second half, but their dogged determination bore fruit in the end as Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored in a dramatic final seven minutes to snatch a point.

On Wednesday, Arsenal face arguably their biggest match of the season when they host Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.

With the tie currently standing at 0-0 after the first leg, Arsenal need a win to make the group stages for the 18th consecutive time, but Wilshere is not worried about the prospect of failure.

"This was a fantastic point and now we have a big game on Wednesday and this will give us great confidence going into that," Wilshere told Arsenal Player.

"We have got great character, great togetherness and some leaders out there that keep us going.

"We also have great players to go with that.

"We never give up and at this level that is massive. We have always shown over the years that Arsenal are going to battle like mad right until the end.

"There have been a few games where we have been behind right until the end but have kept going."

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All the pre-match talk had been about a possible venture into the transfer market for a defensive midfielder, but based on the evidence of this match, Arsenal are more in need of a top-class striker.

Alexis Sanchez endured a torrid first half against experienced centre-back pairing Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

His replacement Giroud fared little better for the majority of the second period, wasting three good opportunities to score, before he finally nodded in Nacho Monreal's cross in the 90th minute.

Arsene Wenger, who may be without Giroud for Wednesday's game because of an ankle injury, admits Arsenal's finishing was not good enough on Saturday.

"Normally when you score two away from home, you should win the game," the Arsenal manager said.

"We had plenty of chances."


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