Arsene Wenger: “Last year we would have lost”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was a relieved man after Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header earned his side a barely deserved point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

An abject display away from home by the wannabe champions of England saw them fail to muster a shot on target till Giroud scored from fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross.

Wenger though was pleased with the final outcome considering the way the game shaped up. He told Sky Sports after the game, “The result in the end is positive for us because we were 1-0 down with two minutes to go. For the rest it was a bit of a scrappy game with two teams well organised who defended well. Our passing was not quick enough, our penetration was not there and in the end we looked like we had good possession of the ball but not many chances. In the second half we suffered for the first 20 minutes and they deserved to be in front.”

Speaking about the impact his substitutes made, Wenger shared, “The players who came on made a massive difference today. When you are 1-0 down and come back to 1-1 of course you have to feel happy. We lacked a bit of sharpness today, what is it down to I don’t know but at least we came back.”

“Last year we would have maybe lost this game and today we didn’t so we have improved on that front. Hopefully now we can kick on with some wins,” the Arsenal boss concluded.

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