Champions League

No need to panic, says Wenger

2016-11-24 14:45
Olivier Giroud (Getty)

Cape Town - Arsene Wenger has insisted that there is still a "special spirit" in the Arsenal squad despite a third draw in a row leaving them with a tough task to top their Champions League group.

The Gunners are likely to come second in Group A after their 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain left the French side in a good position to finish ahead of the north London club.

Their other two draws have come against Tottenham and Manchester United, and Wenger doesn't think the mini slump in form is anything to worry about.

"We have not lost but we have lost winning momentum a little bit," Wenger said. "But we played against a good team tonight as well.

"I think we have a special spirit in the squad. We are unbeaten in 18 games, and sometimes you go through a bit of a spell. It's down to us to continue without losing a game but also transform the draws into wins. But we have no reason to panic.

"At the moment we are second but it's not over. We have a 90% chance to finish second but at the moment we have not lost a game in this group and overall we have done the job well.

"Will it be enough to finish first? I don't know. Will it be bad or good for us? I think we have to wait for the draw. For me what is more disappointing is that we wanted to win the game and we didn't win it."

A penalty from Olivier Giroud and an own-goal from Marco Verratti saw Wenger's men take a 2-1 lead after Edinson Cavani had given PSG the perfect start at the Emirates.

However, a Lucas Moura header deflected off Alex Iwobi and into the net 13 minutes from time to hand the French champions a deserved point.

"We had a very strong start in the second half, we were dominant," the Frenchman added. "We went 2-1 up and we dropped off. They maintained the pressure and we paid for that.

"We were a bit passive on the corner but it's 2-2. It's disappointing when we were 2-1 up but we played against a good team with top technical quality and that's it.

"It was difficult for us to find the right positioning on the pitch from the start because we were a bit hesitant to play high up and work them deep. We were a bit in between the two and that's never good."


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