Search

Arsene Wenger hails Olivier Giroud’s Anfield performance ‘precious’ as Jurgen Klopp insists 3-3 draw was one of the games of the season

23:12 13 January 2016

Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates his first goal of the game against Liverpool

Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates his first goal of the game against Liverpool

Archant

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was remarkably upbeat following Liverpool’s last minute equaliser against his team which forced a 3-3 draw with his aspiring title-challengers.

Despite leading 3-2 with for 35 minutes after Oliver Giroud netted the Gunners’ third on 55 minutes, Reds substitute Joe Allen fired in an 89th minute leveller which denied the North Londoner’s a vital win in their hunt for a first Premier League title in 12 years.

Wenger speaking during his post-match press conference after an entertaining game at a sleet-lashed Anfield said he took positives from the game.

He said: “Of course I am frustrated. At 3-2 up we had three situations to make it 4-2 but we made a bad decision. It was a big opportunity to win the game.

“There is also frustration that we conceded a goal in the last minute – but that can happen in England.

“It was an entertaining game. I headed every ball out there.

“Both teams showed great character and attacking intent tonight.

“Olivier Giroud was precious for us tonight. He battled well against their two centre halves and scored a good goal.

“I can take a lot of positives from our performance this evening. I can take a lot more positives than negatives.

“It is never easy to come to Anfield.”

Speaking of a minor touchline spat between Jurgen Klopp and himself during a passionate first half he joked: “I just told Jurgen to calm down as they send you to the stands over here.”

Klopp later added; “I have every respect for Arsene Wenger – there were absolutely no problems between us.”

Liverpool’s German boss also spoke about Giroud’s effort saying it was a great goal, and that the Frenchman played well.

He explained: “Everyone knows Arsenal are a great attacking team. We had to defend better for their goals.

“Giroud is a big player for them. But I could also talk about Firminio’s performance for a long time.

“I feel a mixture of pride and disappointment at the result. We played very well too.

“It was a game people will talk about,

“Both teams played great football. It was one of the games of the season.”

Latest Islington Sports News

17:00

A group of Islington BC youngsters were given first use of the new facilities in the revamped gym at neighbouring Lion ABC, Hoxton.

16:05

Pro Touch Soccer Academy youngster Haru Maitani has signed schoolboy professional forms with Fulham’s Under-10 side.

11:59

Islington side Access2Sports Under-12s are eager to develop a local rivalry with Torriano Tigers following their convincing 48-2 victory against the Community Basketball League debutants.

Mon, 07:16

Midway through a hard-fought first half at the Liberty Stadium a rainbow appeared. Not just any rainbow, one of those glorious technicolour efforts which make you feel warm inside.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arsene Wenger played down reports of a bust-up with Arsenal’s in-form forward Alexis Sanchez during his side’s impressive 4-0 win at Swansea City.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted in-form striker Olivier Giroud suffered an ankle injury during his team’s impressive 4-0 win over Swansea.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Arsenal eased to a 4-0 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium with goals from Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi (2), and Alexis Sanchez.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Teenager Billy Underwood is content to bide his time as he prepares to take his professional bow at York Hall next month.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now