Arsenal boss is confident Emirates goal drought will end soon

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline against Liverpool.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline against Liverpool. - Credit: EMPICS Sport

Arsene Wenger backed his Arsenal team to rediscover their scoring touch after they drew a blank for the second successive home game against Liverpool.

The Gunners, who lost 2-0 at home to West Ham on the opening day, had to settle for a point against Liverpool and were indebted to a string of fine saves by Petr Cech to keep the scoresheet blank.

But the Arsenal boss – who fielded a new defensive pairing of Gabriel and Calum Chambers after losing both his first-choice centre-backs to illness and injury – is confident that the Emirates drought will not last.

“We know we can score goals and we know that will come back,” said Wenger. “Our sharpness is missing a little bit and our game is not fluent enough in the final third.

“With the domination and chances we had in the second half, we should have won the game but we still miss a bit of the spontaneous attitude to finish what we started.

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“I would like to give credit to Liverpool, they defended well. But we have started [the season] very average, I must concede, and perhaps we won the most difficult game of them all.”

Wenger also praised Chambers – who was largely given the runaround in the first half by Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho – for his improved display after the break as Arsenal came back into the game.

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“He responded well,” added the Frenchman, who resisted the temptation to substitute Chambers at half-time. “It was important that he didn’t lose confidence completely.

“He’s a good player and he’ll come out stronger with belief after having those difficult moments. Our two centre-backs played well in the second half and overall we didn’t concede.”

Per Mertesacker, who missed the game through sickness, is likely to be available again for the Gunners’ trip to Newcastle this weekend, but Laurent Koscielny’s back problem could keep him out again.

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