We froze with fear against Liverpool – Wenger

Date published: Friday 22nd December 2017 10:37

Arsene Wenger thinks “people who love football” will appreciate the “creative force” rather than dwell on the defensive mistakes as Arsenal drew 3-3 with Liverpool on Friday night.

It was a crazy game that saw the Gunners two goals behind by the 52nd-minute and, amazingly, 3-2 in front only six minutes later through goals from Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil.

The Reds had the better chances in the match and they got a deserved equaliser 20 minutes from time, when Petr Cech couldn’t get a strong enough hand to Roberto Firmino’s powerful effort.

“We played frozen with fear and not at our level in the first half,” Wenger said. “In the second half we played at our level. It was a thrilling game. I am frustrated at not winning but that is the type of game you want in the Premier League.

“The good thing is that overall we did not give up. The spirit is fantastic. On that front I am proud of the players. It shows a strong mentality. We have the capacity to respond. What you want is for the team to realise that we have to start from the first minute.

“They knew that Liverpool had pace up front and maybe when you prepare for a game you want players to be ready but you make the opponent too big in the heads of your players.

“More for people who love football, let’s give credit to the creative force. If you have no shots on goal the defences look good but that is not what people want to see.”


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