Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he believes the 5-1 loss to Liverpool last year contributed to their slow start, and he said “the regret dominates” that the club was unable to see out a 2-1 lead.
Wenger said it was an “intense game” but admitted the draw was a “fair result.”
“We didn’t play enough and lost too many balls and our flow was not there,” Wenger admitted while recapping the first half. “Second half was better, and we were 2-1 up and after that we had a few chances, but overall maybe it’s a fair result.”
Wenger said Olivier Giroud was battling illness last night and this morning, and as a result he was slow to get into the game, but that “in the second half he was much more influential.” The 65-year-old praised Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana who were incisive in the match despite the disappointing finishing overall from the Reds.