Wenger ‘frustrated’ by Allen equaliser

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2016 12:11

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is frustrated by his side’s ‘bad decisions’ following their 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

An Aaron Ramsey strike and an Olivier Giroud brace had put the Gunners 3-2 up and seemingly en route to three points at Anfield, but Joe Allen prodded in a close-range equaliser to rescue a draw for Liverpool.

And after the game, Wenger said his side should have wrapped the game up in the final stages on Wednesday evening.

“Overall, it was a game played with very high pace – total commitment from both teams,” he told BT Sport.

“We had a difficult start. They were on top for the first 20 minutes, but I believe after that we came back into the game. Of course, at the end, we’re the most disappointed because we were 3-2 up.

“But I feel that at 3-2, we were guilty of two or three bad decisions in the final third where we were not together enough.

“In the end we got caught – it’s unfortunate, but overall you can’t fault the teams for giving absolutely everything.”

When asked about Arsenal’s ‘steel’, the Frenchman replied: “I had no doubt about that before the game.

“Of course, it’s always frustrating at 89 minutes when you get caught on such a simple ball. I think that’s where we need to look at ourselves – that should not happen.”

Wenger also reserved praise for goalscorer Giroud, but said the Frenchman was wasteful in the latter stages of the game.

“He played well. I think he was involved in one or two situations, at 3-2, when he could have done more but overall he played well.

“He had a battle up front and he was up for it.”

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