Sunday 21 January 2018

Wenger says Gunners have been 'average'

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal
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Arsene Wenger admitted his team have endured an 'average' start to the Premier League campaign after being held by Liverpool at the Emirates last night.

"We have started very average I must concede," he said after the game. "We have four points from two homes games and won the most difficult game away from home.

"I think sharpness is missing a little bit in some players. I would like to give credit to Liverpool, they defended well and were quick to close us down.

"With the domination we had in the second half if you don't score the first goal the other team doesn't come out."

Wenger was without both first-choice centre-backs and was forced to throw Calum Chambers and Gabriel together, with the former struggling against Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho in the first half.

"I believe they have not the experience to play together," Wenger admitted. "They have come in from one day to the next but overall we didn't concede and Petr Cech saved us two or three times in the first half - during that period he was outstanding.

"Second half I think we should have won the game, we were a bit unlucky, we lack still a little bit physically and collectively to finish well what we start. Our game is still not fluent enough in the final third."

Wenger was left disappointed by the decision to chalk off Aaron Ramsey's strike for offside in the first half. "It was a regular goal," he added.

"I can't see why it was cancelled - it was clear. I didn't ask for an explanation, what does it change?"

Irish Independent

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