Arsenal were 2-0 up with just a few minutes to half-time and it looked like we were cruising to an easy three points. Then Andy Carroll gatecrashed the party and scored two goals in three minutes to hand the impetus to our opponents. The second half was not much better as we allowed Carroll to score a third and then we were always on the backfoot. “We should have made life a bit more difficult for him,” Wenger said. “On the first, second and third goal, we were a bit naive defensively.”
It was a rollercoaster after that and although we got the equaliser, both sides were going all out to score the winner. It was a great game for the neutrals but Wenger still thought that we should have won the game. “We were [in control],” he said. “There are always a lot of positives. Overall, you can say it is not a bad result to draw here, but in the context of the league, where we are and what we want to achieve, it is a very bad result for us.
“I wanted to win the game. In the end we had the opportunities to score a fourth goal, but we were not calm enough. I think we rushed our game in the box and that is disappointing.
“One or two times on the counter-attack the pass didn’t come quickly enough out of the feet and that is why we missed.”
Oh well. A point is a point, and we can only wait and pray that today’s games bring us more joy than yesterdays result. I think Wenger will be having some serious words with our defenders in the morning….