Arsene Wenger has admitted his frustration at conceding a late equaliser to Liverpool, but sought to look at the more positive aspects of last night’s game in the immediate aftermath.
Twice Arsenal came from behind to equalise, and went ahead with a fantastic Olivier Giroud goal before Joe Allen’s injury time strike saw two points dropped.
The result means Arsenal stay top of the table, just not as top as we would like, and after the game the manager chose to highlight the more positive aspects of the performance, but did express his unhappiness – not simply with the concession of the late goal.
“I’m frustrated by the result,” he said, “I feel in the first 20 minutes we were a bit on the back foot and we came back in a convincing way. 2-1 down we have shown character and scored after 2-2 and 3-2.
“Frustration comes from the fact that I think at 3-2, we had three situations where we should have made it 3-2 and we made a bad decision.
“We have shown again great character tonight and come away with a point and if you look at the recent results it shows you that everywhere it is very even and very difficult for everybody.”
As you might expect, he’s trying to keep spirits up in the dressing room – which would be pretty low after letting one in so late – ahead of another tricky away day at Stoke on Sunday.
And Wenger backed his players to use the disappointment felt against Liverpool when they face Mark Hughes’ side.
“They need to transform the frustration they have in the dressing room at the moment to even more motivation for the next game,” he said.
“There is a lot of positives in the game and there is more positives than negatives in the game. I think what happened tonight should strengthen their belief that they have a big part to play in this league.”