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  Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 07:00 GMT
Wenger stays cool
Robert Pires
Pires continued his comeback against PSV
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger played down the significance of his side topping their Champions League group with a 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven at Highbury.

The Gunners will be seeded in the second phase after edging out Dortmund at the head of the group.


We feel we were the best team in the group
Arsene Wenger,
Arsenal boss
"It is a slight advantage," said Wenger.

"But more importantly, we wanted to finish top because we felt we deserved to.

"We feel we were the best team in the group."

Arsenal had to play the second half against PSV with 10 men after Kolo Toure was sent off for two bookable offences.

"The first yellow card was deserved but the second was harsh," said Wenger.

"But I thought we were dangerous with 10 men and PSV were not sure what to do - whether to have a go at us or play for the 0-0 draw."

Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure was sent off before half-time
And the Arsenal manager refused to be drawn on an altercation between Thierry Henry and PSV midfielder Mark van Bommel, saying he did not see the incident.

PSV coach Guus Hiddink played down suggestions that Van Bommel spat at Henry.

"I don't know anything about this but let's not be cissies about it," said Hiddink.

"Players from both sides do things to one another and I suggest you watch the whole tape of the game before picking on just one."

And Hiddink admitted his side lacked the experience to progress in the Champions League.

"We failed to do well in our home matches, we were rather naive in this respect," said Hiddink.

"Those early mistakes, against big clubs, made it difficult for us. We showed that we did not know how to play Champions League football at home."

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