Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Wenger upbeat despite Arsenal loss

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger maintains everything at Arsenal was not "doom and gloom" after the Gunners slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool, where Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off and centre-back Laurent Koscielny limped out injured.

Samir Nasri impressed for the Gunners, despite being expected to join Manchester City, but Arsenal's luck was out after Aaron Ramsey's own goal and a last-minute strike from substitute Luis Suarez handed the visitors victory.

"We had eight players out and still had a good performance, so it is not all doom and gloom," Wenger said. "We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolutely a disgrace and an earthquake. We are very disappointed that we lost the game, but we are at the start of the season."

With 20 minutes left, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when Frimpong was shown a second yellow card after leaving his foot up in a 50-50 with Lucas, right in front of the referee.

Liverpool snatched a fortunate lead after 78 minutes when, as substitute Suarez - who had looked marginally offside - darted into the six-yard box, Ignasi Miquel's clearance cannoned off Ramsey's chest and back over the goalkeeper into the net.

A miserable afternoon for the Gunners was compounded in the final minute when Suarez tapped in from close range following a quick counter-attack.

Arsenal fans again chanted for Wenger to invest in more talent to add depth to the squad.

"The target is to have a good team and good players. You can spend money and have a bad team," the Gunners boss said. "You want the supporters to be happy and when you don't win the game you can understand that they are not.

"For now it is important for us to lift the players because they are very disappointed. We need to give them credit for their attitude and performance, in the game it is very harsh to lose it the way we did."

Wenger added: "Frimpong was a victim of his lack of experience and of his enthusiasm and heart. He deserved a second yellow card, he should not have gone into that challenge."

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