Wenger believes Arsenal are back on track despite blowing Champions League lead

Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are moving in the right direction despite giving up a two-goal lead against Schalke in the Champions League, Yahoo Sports has reported.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud had given Arsenal a commanding lead over the Bundesliga side but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar halved the advantage just before half-time, while Jefferson Farfan eradicated in completely shortly after the hour mark.

The draw leaves Arsenal in second place in Group B, a point behind Schalke but one ahead of Olympiakos, the Gunners’ final opponents in the group. The teams meet in Athens in early December.

Wenger was generally pleased with his side’s display in Gelsenkirchen, insisting that there was a great deal of improvement from the weekend’s defeat against Manchester United and adding that the outcome was a result he would have been pleased with before the match began.

He said: “I believe we have shown a good response to Saturday’s game and you feel the team is getting better. I think in one month, if we continue to develop, we will be there.

For us it was important first of all not to lose and if possible to win. We managed the first part, not the second one.

Wenger was on the touchline for the match for the first time in the Champions League this season, having served his three-game ban after an incident in last season’s competition.

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