By Nicholas Ismail
Arsène Wenger says his side have identified “little details we have to work on” ahead of their trip to Stoke City.
This weekend’s match at the Britannia Stadium follows four days after Wednesday’s entertaining 3-3 draw at Liverpool - a game in which the Gunners looked set for victory before Joe Allen’s last-minute equaliser.
What is most important is that we looked like a real team who is up for the fight
Arsenal have conceded seven goals in their last two matches on the road but the boss is backing his team to respond on Sunday.
“There are periods in the season… overall 90 per cent of the time we are very solid defensively, but on these two occasions [Southampton and Liverpool] we certainly looked vulnerable defensively,” the manager said.
“There does not look to be a special reason. At Southampton we looked a bit jaded after the Man City game, at Liverpool maybe we lacked a little bit of calmness and when we played against Benteke we should have moved out of the box because it is difficult to win a header on a long ball against him. Little details we have to work on and improve.
“My regret [from the Liverpool game] comes from the fact that at 3-2 we had two or three good opportunities to kill them off that we didn’t take.”
Wenger was happy with the overall performance against Liverpool.
“Overall for me personally it is a positive team performance. What is most important is that we looked like a real team who is up for the fight,” he said.
“Above the result, what is more important is that we have shown that we are a real team and we are ready in every single game to fight for a positive result.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source