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