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Arsene Wenger reveals what he told Arsenal stars at half-time during Liverpool draw

Arsene Wenger reveals what he said at half-time after shambolic display v Liverpool
Arsene Wenger’s side drew 3-3 with Liverpool on Friday evening (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has revealed what he told his Arsenal players at half-time during the entertaining 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side led 2-0 at the Emirates before Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil scored in the space of five minutes to turn the game on its head.

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But Liverpool rallied and Roberto Firmino earned his side a point with a goal in the 71st minute. Arsenal were fortunate to be trailing by just the one goal at half-time and Wenger reminded his side of this fact at the interval.

‘I told the players the good thing is we are only 1-0 down, we had a great opportunity to create a different phase,’ Wenger told Sky Sports after the game.

‘What we did was not good enough, we had nothing to lose, we wanted to go for it.’

Arsene Wenger reveals what he said at half-time after shambolic display v Liverpool
(Picture: Getty)
Arsene Wenger reveals what he said at half-time after shambolic display v Liverpool
(Picture: Getty)

On his side’s first-half performance, Wenger said: ‘I felt in the first half we were paralysed and frozen. We played too deep. We gave the ball away to often and looked second best.

‘But it was down to the psychological factor and the bearing of the [Manchester] United game was there.

‘But at half-time we were only 1-0 down, it could have been game over. We showed quality and character in the second half. We played inhibited in the first half.’

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson, meanwhile, urged the Reds to cut out the mistakes after the frustrating evening in north London.

‘It was 90 minutes of two teams attacking at high speed,’ the summer signing said. ‘There were mistakes but the tempo it was played at, the boys are still trying to get breath back.

Arsene Wenger reveals what he said at half-time after shambolic display v Liverpool
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‘You’re most vulnerable when you score and that happened to us. They had an extra yard and we made mistakes. We got our composure back a little too late.

‘First half we dominated. We have just had a lapse of concentration and it has cost us two points. All three goals were avoidable. We need to get these mistakes out of our game.’

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