Gunners' luck was out - Wenger

BY foxsports • April 18, 2011

The Gunners - now six point points behind leaders Manchester United having played the same games - again had plenty of possession and hit the bar in the first half through Laurent Koscielny. However, just like in the previous two home draws with Sunderland and Blackburn, Arsenal were also lacking a cutting edge in attack. Then deep into eight minutes of added time, after Reds skipper Jamie Carragher had been knocked out and carried off on a stretcher, Robin van Persie crashed home a penalty which looked to have sealed a much-needed victory. Liverpool, though, snatched a point with the final kick of the match after Emmanuel Eboue pushed Lucas Leiva. Wenger must now lift his battle-weary squad for Wednesday night's north-London derby at Tottenham, when he will be hoping for better fortune. "We conceded a penalty after 11 minutes when the referee said there was eight minutes of injury time. I don't see where those three minutes came from and it was no penalty," lamented the Gunners boss, who confronted referee Andre Marriner and his assistants as they left the pitch. "We have been badly done in the two games here. Against Sunderland we scored a regular goal and were not given a penalty that was 100%, then today we got caught back like that. "It is a period where we have not the biggest luck, that's for sure." Wenger continued: "We dropped two points. It was a difficult game against a Liverpool team who basically only defended. "Maybe we are a bit jaded physically. You could see that some players have played 45 minutes and maybe we lack a change of pace, but we tried very hard. "The players are very disappointed. Who wouldn't be? "It is about us winning our games. The hope is always there but, to keep the hope alive, it is up to us to win our games and to win our next game. "We are on a 15-game unbeaten run, but recently we have not taken enough points. "Now we must give everything until the last game of the season and see if it is our year or not." For Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, there was a sense of satisfaction after a battling display which built on the 3-0 home win over Manchester City as they chase down a Europa League spot. "I don't think there's any team anywhere that's shown the same attitude and commitment that our team showed there today," said the Scot. "Losing Fabio Aurelio early on, putting a 17-year-old on at left-back, losing our captain, having a right-back at only 18 with his second game, we have lost our centre-forward, we've lost a goal and eight minutes into injury time they still didn't want to accept that we're going to get nothing from the game. "You can't speak any higher about them than that." Andy Carroll limped off after an awkward fall in the second half, but the £35million striker is expected to recover quickly. Dalglish said: "He just came off as a precaution. He jarred his knee. "Andy has done fantastically well to get where he is through his rehabilitation when he signed for the club. It was wiser to take him off. "We have got a few games left to play and we'd like him available for them. It was just a precaution." Dalglish maintained there was no reason to feel down that Liverpool's great rivals United were closing in on a record 19 domestic titles. "Sadness? In my eyes we are still the best club in English football, if not world football, so I am not very sad at that," he said. "The surprise is that they [Liverpool] have not won the title for a long time - that is the surprise. But it's not sadness - it's just a fact of life. "They never acquired enough points in any season since 1991 to win it. "They came close a couple of years ago when Rafa [Benitez] went close, had a fantastic record against the so-called top four, but just couldn't get it over the line." Dalglish added: "It will be fantastic to get back there, but you need to hit the standards other teams have set. "That is four games - United, [Manchester] City, Arsenal and Chelsea. We only dropped two points and that was today."

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