Many pundits expected Arsenal to struggle after losing
Arsenal was the better team for much of the game but trailed to Joleon Lescott's first-half goal until
There were familiar weaknesses from Wenger's side, most notably poor defending for Lescott's goal and a failure to turn possession into goals, but the Frenchman did not see too many negatives.
He said: "I take this criticism on board because we conceded a goal from a corner but Man City is a team who scores more goals than anybody else from set-pieces.
"It's true that we missed chances but when you have the basic quality we have shown I believe the rest you can improve."
Koscielny would almost certainly have been a substitute had captain
Wenger admitted choosing between Koscielny, Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker is one of his most difficult decisions.
He said: "
Another man keen to take his chance was goalkeeper
The Italian was partially at fault for Lescott's goal as he came out to claim
Wenger said: "Mannone had a good game again, he was very solid. He made a little mistake from the corner and was very frustrated with it but overall I'm happy that it didn't affect his game afterwards. He looks very solid, I like what he's doing."
Mannone was also content with the way he responded to his mistake, telling arsenal.com: "I was not happy with the goal obviously but I came back stronger with some saves.
"The team performed really well and everyone gave everything to come back and get a point. Every save that can help the team, I am really happy with."