After Arsenal recorded their first draw of the season, Wenger has blamed the team’s profligacy as the reason for the dropped points. Talking to the press after the match, the Frenchman said;
“If you asked whether it was a fair point over the 90 minutes, I would say yes. We were 1-0 down just before half-time and, straight after half-time, [Nicolas] Anelka has the [chance to make it] 2-0 and that would have made it difficult after that.
“I have some regrets because, when we came back to 1-1, in the last half hour we had the chances to score a second goal but we showed spirit to come back and give it all and to try to win – but them as well.”
“Yes, at least that is done now,” the Arsenal boss replied when asked about the statistic. “He had a difficult first half where he was fouled but he has shown that he has character and kept going. It was good that he was rewarded.
“He was pushed over a lot. I don’t think it was dirty but he was pushed over a lot and he didn’t get the fouls. In the second half he gave some great balls and, overall, he had a very good second half.
“I think he learns very quickly and what is more interesting for England than for Arsenal is that he shows the right response on the pitch.
“I don’t think he will ever be a ‘goalscorer’. He’s a player who can create chances and provide chances for others – that is important in our job. It’s good that he knows that he can score.”
It’s interesting to see who was really guilty of the wasted chances. The most glaring of them all was the one for Giroud from Wilshere’s pass but been left-footed and the agility of the goalkeeper meant he couldn’t really convert. Flamini also had a decent chance when there was an opening for him to shoot but his tame shot was easily picked up by Myhill. The Flamini of old would have really stung his palms with a ferocious hit.
Besides the players been wasteful, I would blame the referee for Arsenal’s failure to bag all 3 points. Arsenal deserve a penalty today after having decent shouts for it. A West brom player handled the ball in the penalty box while Mulumbu fouled Wilshere in the penalty box with the England star ready to pull the trigger. The argument for Mulumbu would be that he got the ball but he also got Wilshere’s legs and that was good enough to earn Arsenal a penalty. If Villa could get one off Arsenal on opening day and Liverpool got a soft one yesterday for a foul that took place yards outside the box, then, Arsenal deserved one too. The Gunners remain the only team in the top 6 yet to earn a penalty this season. For how long are we going to wait before we earn ours?