Arsene Wenger admits he’s frustrated by the number of points Arsenal have dropped this season despite the fact they remain unbeaten in the Premier League.
After yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur the Gunners have drawn four of their six games and sit fourth six points adrift of next opponents Chelsea.
Reflecting on the season so far, Wenger told press yesterday evening: “It’s frustrating. I think the positive is that we are unbeaten but the negative is that we’ve missed four points from the quality of the games we’ve played.
“Somewhere we have to keep that unbeaten record and I think at some stage we will win the games instead of drawing. I think today we would have won had we not conceded the first goal.”
The Gunners fell behind to Nacer Chadli’s strike nine minutes after half time just as they were starting to get on top of their neighbours. Having made two substitutions due to injury in the opening 45 minutes Alexis Sanchez was thrown on for a frantic finale that saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalise but a winner not materialise.
“It’s the kind of game that you win if you don’t give a goal away. They waited for us, defended deep to catch us on the break, and we had about 70 per cent possession. You have to be patient without making the mistake.
“We also had a handicap because we lost two players early in the game and we were restricted to just one change when we had complete control of the game in the final 30 minutes. I had only one option to bring on going forward and that is not enough in a game like that.
“We lost the ball in our half [for the goal]. But I must give credit to my team because once again we came back and we put a huge effort in with a high workrate all together.
“It’s one of the few times that we’ve had so much possession against a Tottenham team since I’ve been here, but they defended well. You have to give them credit. Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen did well, as well as Hugo Lloris.
“They took every second they could again, to make the game last as little as possible. I would like to see the referee deal with that in the proper way for once.”