Arsenal 1 Wolves 1: Arsène Wenger frustrated as Gunners blow chance

Arsène Wenger could not hide his frustration after Arsenal were held at home by Wolves and missed their chance to go fourth

Premier League, 27 December 2011, Emirates Stadium
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Arsène Wenger admitted his frustration after Arsenal missed the chance to move into fourth in the league table as a result of their draw with Wolves on Tuesday.

The Gunners looked to be on the way to a comfortable three points when Gervinho slotted past Wayne Hennessey to give the Londoners the lead in the eighth minute – but Stephen Fletcher’s instinctive header hauled the visitors back level shortly before the break.

Despite enjoying a host of chances and the majority of the possession in a second half which also saw Wolves’ Nenad Milijas sent off, Arsenal were unable to find the decisive goal as Hennessey pulled off a string of fine saves to earn his side a point.

“It is frustrating but I am more frustrated by the result than the performance and the spirit,” Wenger said after the game. “You cannot fault the attitude or the commitment or the desire to win the game.

“We missed a great opportunity but we just have to keep going and take the positives out of the game today.”

Wenger warned his side against becoming complacent when they take the lead. “At the moment what we have to learn is that when we are 1-0 up in some departments we cannot be too comfortable,” he continued. “We were caught in a position where we can only blame ourselves.

“Apart from that their keeper had the game of his life, Wolves fought like mad and well done to them. I don’t know how many shots we had on goal and how many they had, but it was the kind of game that if you play it 20 times you win 19 and you draw one – and it was today. On the day we couldn’t afford it, it was today.”

The Frenchman also admitted his concern over his side’s inability to seal a win which would have hoisted Arsenal into fourth place at the expense of Chelsea, who were held to a draw by Fulham on Boxing Day.

“There are going to be a lot of twists and turns, but unfortunately we could not take advantage of that, which is the real frustrating thing today,” he added.

“When you have the luck of the results yesterday and you play today, you can take advantage of it, that is where the worrying thing is because in the season you have to take your opportunities.”

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