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Published: 08:51 | 14/1/16

Wenger: A lot of positives


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left “very disappointed” with the concession of a late goal as his side were held to an entertaining 3-3 draw by Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners looked to have done enough to seal all three points, but they were undone by a 90th-minute Joe Allen volley.

The result means Wenger’s men are level with Leicester at the top of the Premier League and three points clear of third place Manchester City.

"I'm very disappointed but, overall, I cannot fault the effort and commitment of the team,” said Wenger. "We had a difficult start. At 3-2, we should have made it 4-2 and didn't make the right decision in final third.

"Liverpool fought until the last second.

"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. We come out of the game with a lot of positive but still some regrets."

Jurgen Klopp, much like his counterpart, was happy with the point but unhappy with his side’s defensive display and felt that they could have done more in the game.

"For 60, 70% of the game we played really well,” Klopp told BT Sport. “The players created opportunities but they got two easy goals. The first from a set-play. For the second, Olivier Giroud is on the ground and we are more influenced by this than Arsenal.

"The third goal, we lose too easy the ball.”

However, the Reds boss was delighted with the attitude and fight shown by his side and held special praise for the performance of Roberto Firmino.

“At the end we made a real good game and needed luck to make the draw and I think we deserved it. It's like a battery, at the beginning you play well, and it goes down as the game goes on.

"It's an explosion of goals but at the final whistle you cannot ignore there were problems.

"You have to speak about Roberto Firmino and both his goals were brilliant and he played for the whole time really good."

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