Wenger frustrated by Arsenal draw

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused his players of being too conservative after they dropped more Premier League points on Tuesday against Swansea City, Sky Sports has reported.

Swansea took an 11th minute lead through Wilfried Bony’s powerful header, and it took until past the midway point of the second half for the hosts to conjure a response, with Arsenal scoring twice in two minutes to turn the game around.

First, Lukas Podolski met Kieran Gibbs’ low cross from the dead-ball line, before the German set up Olivier Giroud for the second. However, Swansea emerged with a point thanks to an own goal in the final minute of normal time as Wojciech Szczesny’s save rebounded into the net off teammate Mathieu Flamini.

The result left Arsenal in fourth, six points off leaders Chelsea and the same number of points clear of fifth-placed Everton, who have a game in hand. Afterwards Wenger said: “It’s really unlucky but we have to focus on the next game now and live with the result.

“They defended well, which all teams do now. We need to be patient and not concede the second goal which I thought we did quite well.

“In the space of two minutes we scored two goals but after that you could see that our drive going forward was less. We were possibly more concerned about keeping the score (as it was) because of what happened on Saturday but we were too conservative.”

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