Having led by three goals Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s defending as Anderlecht came back to draw 3-3 and put top spot in Group D all but out of Arsenal’s reach, Sky
The Gunners took a commanding position in what proved to be an open game, as goals from Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain outing them three up and cruising towards sealing qualification with two games to spare – and then switch their focus to topping the group.
But the young Belgian side had other ideas and despite their first goal looking likely to be offside, battled back to take advantage of some poor defending to snatch a point and keep their qualification hopes alive.
And Wenger was left to reflect on what would have been a confidence boosting win – instead ruing some of the poor defending on show from his men.
He said: “The result is very disappointing.
“I think overall defensively we were poor from the first to the last minute today. We had a bit of bad luck because the first goal was offside but then there was a lack of concentration because we thought the job was done.
“When they came back to 3-2 you want to be secure and we were maybe not cautious enough because we wanted to score a fourth. But if you look at the second and third goals it’s very poor defending. I was never completely sure that we were not in danger because you could see that for the whole game we did not defend well.”
Anderlecht’s fight back leaves Arsenal fiver points off of leaders Borussia Dortmund, who they still have to play, and will have to win both games in order to top the group.
The result does not leave their qualification hopes in tatters as Anderlecht only have two points, and one win should see them through.
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