Wenger frustrated with Arsenal draw

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with his side’s performance, but disappointed that they could not hold on to beat champions Manchester City on Saturday, the Daily Star has reported.

The home side started the game on the front foot, full of commitment. Debutant Danny Welbeck saw his chip hit the woodwork, but Man City then took the lead against the run of play when Jesus Navas crossed low for Sergio Aguero, who finished coolly.

It took until the 63rd minute for Arsenal to find an equaliser, as Jack Wilshere ran through to lift the ball over Joe Hart and into the net. They then went in front thanks to Alexis Sanchez’ perfectly executed volley, and they were within sight of condemning City to a second straight defeat.

However, an injury to Mathieu Debuchy seemed to unsettle Arsenal, and Martin Demichelis earned a point for the visitors as he headed home unmarked from a corner. It could have been more for City, as the Arsenal post was struck twice late on, while Edin Dzeko saw his shot saved brilliantly by Wojciech Szczesny.

After the game, Wenger was frustrated at conceding the equaliser from a set-piece. He said: ‘Overall I think, before that (the equaliser), we could have scored the third goal. We had good opportunities and then at 2-2 it looked like we could lose the game.

‘For the first 80 minutes we showed top, top quality and mental strength to come back to 2-1. But in the end, it’s a result that’s frustrating. You cannot let a guy have a free header in the middle of the goal and think you’ll get away with it, and we’re extremely guilty with that.’

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