Bruce - We deserved something
Steve Bruce felt Wigan were unfortunate to come away empty-handed from their clash at Arsenal.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 06/12/08 8:22pm
Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce felt his side were unfortunate to come away empty-handed from their clash against Arsenal on Saturday.
A first-half strike from Emmanuel Adebayor handed the Gunners a 1-0 victory over Wigan at Emirates Stadium, ending the visitors' five-game unbeaten run in the league.
The Latics were impressive throughout the 90 minutes and set up a nervy finale as they battled for a late leveller.
Bruce told Sky Sports: "All credit to my side. I know we had a bit of luck last week (against West Brom) but we had none today.
"The pleasing thing is the way we have gone about the game until the end. They never give up. For that, for their effort and endeavour, they deserved to get something out of the game.
"We took them all the way but did not quite have that break that Arsenal had in the first half.
"We always looked a threat and kept catching them on the counter-attack. We had five or six half-chances and we just needed to be a bit more clinical."
Strikers Emile Heskey and Amr Zaki have been linked with moves away from Wigan in January, with the former's current contract due to expire at the end of the season.
And Bruce concedes he faces a difficult decision over whether to sell in the New Year or retain the services of his star players.
He added: "That it is the problem we have always got to contend with. I will do my utmost, the last thing I want to do is dismantle what we have put together.
"We have some players nearing the end of their contracts. The honest answer is that we will do everything we possibly can to keep hold of them.
"If we get a really fantastic offer then we might have to think about it. It is a big decision. Do we gamble and cash-in? Or do we keep them until end of the season to make sure we are safe in the Premier League?"