Date: 5th March 2017 at 10:05pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the break Arsenal had ahead of the game against Liverpool this weekend had counted against us, but he was going to take the positives of Danny Welbeck’s performance.

With Liverpool losing three one to Leicester City after a 16 day gap in the fixture list, Wenger was questioned whether we had suffered for that in the way they did against Leicester, as ahead of our game we had a 17 day gap in the fixture list going back to the FA Cup clash against Sutton United.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference when tasked with this question, Wenger did believe that some of our sluggish start to the first half could certainly be put down to that break.

‘Yes, it was exactly the same as Liverpool`s game at Leicester. It`s similar, we haven`t played for a long time and then it`s always difficult to get into the rhythm of the game again. But still the regret we suffered in the first half is that I feel the first goal was really avoidable. From a direct long ball from the goalkeeper we conceded a goal. I don`t want that, even if we must say that Liverpool in the first half were better than us. I believe, as well, in the second half we were better.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘I think we missed our first half and I feel more for a lack of pace and rhythm in the game. Collectively we were not at the races. In the second half we responded very well. It was a game of two halves. Unfortunately we couldn`t come back to 2-2. but overall we had a strong response and we have to focus on that and take out for our next games.’

With Welbeck’s finish making the scores two one just ahead of the hour mark in the game, that was obviously a positive Wenger was going to take, as it was his third of the season from seven appearances following his long spell out injured and although he didn’t finish the 90 minutes, the gaffer knew he was getting back to his best now.

‘Yes, I like the fact that he`s coming back game after game to his best level and that is very interesting for us. Danny has worked very hard to come back and I am very happy for him.’

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