Wenger: We lacked rhythm and competition

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
  • Post published:March 6, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his only regret is losing the match against Liverpool after conceding two goals in the first half at Anfield on Saturday.

The Gunners fell to a 3-1 defeat against the Reds at Anfield through goals by Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Georginio Wijnaldum, while Danny Welbeck scored a 57th-minute consolation goal for his side.

The 67-year-old manager admits that his side could’ve come back to level the match but a lack of composure in the final third let them down.

‘I felt in the first half we suffered from a lack of rhythm and competition, which I thought would happen. But it was a game of two halves,’ Wenger told the Arsenal website.

‘In the second half, we responded very well and could have come back to 2-2. I felt we were a bit unlucky and a bit unlucky with some decisions as well. So overall, that’s what the game was today.’

The French manager added that his only regret during the match was that the Gunners were unable to walk away with all three point and to close the gap on log leaders Chelsea.

‘I just think that I have no special regrets. My regret is to have lost the game and especially in the first half, for the first goal we conceded from a direct kick from their goalkeeper,’ He added.

‘The fact that we lacked pace in our first half was down to, in my opinion, the fact that we had a lack of competition.’

The Gunners have now moved down to fifth place in the Premier League standings after winning 15 out of 26 matches played so far this season.

Arsenal will now welcome Bayern Munchin to the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Kick-off has been set for 21:45.