Pride was at stake for Arsene Wenger after his side went down 2-0 to an out of form Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Two goals in three minutes from Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott helped Arsene Wenger salvage some pride as Arsenal went on to record a 2-2 draw.
Arsene Wenger urged fans to show faith in the new squad and in their pursuit for a Champions League spot. A plethora of defensive errors from Arsenal were witnessed last night. Liverpool could have easily won the game had Luis Suarez been at his best.
Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Aaron Ramsey and Andre Santos should have been brought to the gallows after the game for providing goal-scoring opportunities to Liverpool.
Arsenal’s Champions League dream lives on as the one point they obtained from the game was enough to keep them in the race for a Champions League spot. Fortunately for them, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also drew, which means the three London clubs would remain in the same spots before the weekend.
“It was a great football game where both teams went for it,” Arsene Wenger said in his post-match news conference. “It was entertainment. We could honestly have lost the game but could have won it by three or four goals difference.
“It shows we created many chances going forward but were nervous defensively. The goals we have conceded show we were nervous from the start. Overall we showed great quality in the offensive period.”
This wasn’t the first time Arsene Wenger’s defenders have been responsible for letting in easy goals. As a matter of fact, inconsistencies in Arsenal’s defense are a very old problem.
“I believe recent history has an impact on the way we started the game,” Arsene Wenger commented on the issue. “I believe we have to get that out of our minds and focus on playing football and what we want to do to the opposition.
“I believe the quality is there and we have to trust it and forget what happened in the past. What happened in the past, you could see it played in our heads at the start of the game.”