Date: 17th September 2017 at 11:19pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger was pleased following the scoreless draw with Chelsea last weekend and he knew it was a great away day reaction following Liverpool disappointment.

As is usual, Wenger’s post game press conference with the media covered a couple of topics, but his delight at the current run of form was clear to see as he spoke to the Official Site.

To begin with, with Danny Welbeck coming off in the 73rd minute, Wenger confirmed he had picked up a groin injury and although he was concerned, the severity of it wasn’t yet known.

‘He has a groin problem. I don`t know how severe it is but it looks like a ‘good’ groin problem, not an easy one.’

Moving on to the game itself, he went on to explain.

‘I felt it was a game with total intensity, where two teams really went for it and was a battle all over the pitch. We responded well in domains where we were questioned, you know, and I like when the team shows that kind of response. Overall I feel it`s a deserved point and with a bit more freedom maybe, less inhibition, we could have really won this game with one or two goals difference. But overall for us it was important at least not to lose today and you could feel that in the team in the last 20 minutes that we played a little bit with that in our mind.’

Asked about what he felt had changes from the performances against Stoke City and Liverpool, Wenger said simply.

‘I believe at Stoke we had a good performance on the football front. We had 77 per cent possession, could have had three penalties. We were a bit lucky we didn`t score. I agree, the result was very disappointing but the performance was not so disappointing. When you`re a football player, there`s only one thing that matters – the next game and how you respond to it. That`s what we did today.’

Wenger also thought that Alexandre Lacazette would soon break his scoring duck on our away travels.

‘I felt Lacazette had a very good first half. He worked very hard for the team, he`s very disciplined and it takes him some time to maintain that intensity for 90 minutes. Don`t forget as well I had Walcott, Giroud and Alexis on the bench, so after 65 minutes in a game of that intensity, it`s normal that you bring some fresh legs in.’

He also said of David Luiz’s red card.

‘It was excessive force, yes, and I think Kolasinac was not completely on his feet and eased a bit off. I think even Luiz, with a bit of distance, will accept that he went in too strongly. After that, it`s the decision of the referee that you have to accept. I haven`t seen it again but it looked to me like it was excessive force.’

With it being a hard fought game, Wenger had praise for the team’s general approach and the strength we showed when needed.

‘Yes, but people forget that two months ago we beat Chelsea in the cup final and they don`t give you the cup, you know, so overall I believe we have shown that many times. It`s true you have to accept criticism when we deliver the kind of performance we had at Liverpool – the only way to respond is on the pitch and that`s what we did today. It was a question today what will happen, at least with the attitude, the response, the determination. It was vital for us even above the result to come out with a solid performance on that front.’

He added, with reference to the Cup Final.

‘The challenge was higher, because we played the final on a neutral ground and today we played at their home where they are traditionally very strong. So the challenge was higher for us, but I feel overall we did exactly what I expected the team to do.’

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