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Wenger frustrated by Pool's late show

By Steven Beacom

Published 14/01/2016

Better late than never: Joe Allen enjoys the moment after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser
Better late than never: Joe Allen enjoys the moment after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser

Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal blew a big chance to take charge of the Premier League title race by allowing Liverpool to level late on in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Anfield.

Substitute Joe Allen scored in the 90th minute, just when it looked like the Gunners would move five points ahead of big championship rivals Manchester City, who drew 0-0 at home to Everton.

Instead Arsenal, who netted through Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud twice, left Merseyside level on points at the top alongside surprise package Leicester, who won 1-0 at Spurs.

The Gunners had come from behind on two occasions after Roberto Firmino scored a brace, but were unable to hold on after going ahead.

Wenger said: "I'm very disappointed. At 3-2, we should have made it 4-2 and didn't make the right decisions in the final third. We come out of the game with a lot of positives but still some regrets."

Wenger added that he was perturbed by Liverpool's quick start which saw Firmino give the Reds the lead before Ramsey equalised. Firmino put Jurgen Klopp's men back in front with a cracking strike with Arsenal levelling again through Giroud from close range.

There were two further goals after the break with Giroud providing a fabulous finish and then sub Allen's last gasp volley sending the Kop home with something to smile about.

Wenger, referring to a couple of years ago when Arsenal lost 5-1 at Anfield and conceded four goals early on, said: "I felt we had an apprehensive start. We had some bad memories from a few years ago and you could still see that in some players. We went 1-0 down and then we started to play."

Klopp stated: "We started so good. It showed all of us how good we could be. Then we concede a goal from a set play and we have to work at it. Organisation is one thing and sometimes we have a little problem with concentration.

"We gave them two easy goals after we had to work really hard for our goals. At 3-2, both teams had a low battery. We scored with a perfect pass, perfect header, perfect finish and nobody doubts it was deserved."

Klopp had much praise for two goal hero Firmino as well as Allen for arriving in the box at the perfect time.

The Welsh midfielder, who is fighting for his future at Liverpool, said: "It's nice to come on and have an influence on the game. We've got that attitude of going to the final whistle. We kept at it and thankfully we have come away with something.

"They have come here in great form. Everyone knows the threat they pose. I'm sure it was exciting for everybody to watch."

Arsenal's best player on the night Giroud was not so pleased with the finish to the game.

The Frenchman said: "It is disappointing because we were 3-2 up. When you concede three goals in an away game it is hard to win. Hopefully, we are not going to have to regret this goal at the end of the championship. It's a good performance but we could have done better."

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