By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger does not believe that conceding late goals is an ongoing problem for his Arsenal side.
The Frenchman's team dropped points recently against Alkmaar in the Champions League and West Ham in the Premier League when they appeared to have put themselves in winning positions.
The same thing happened against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium last October when Arsenal led 4-2 after 88 minutes but only ended up drawing. All three games were brought up at Wenger’s press conference ahead of this year’s North London derby but Wenger remained relaxed.
“It is not a concern at all,” replied the manager to his questioner. “You put three results together which for me had different reasons.
“Last year in the 4-4 draw [against Spurs] I believe we switched off. I don’t believe at West Ham we switched off at all and I don’t believe at Alkmaar we switched off.
“In the Champions League, if you look at the results, 50 per cent of the goals are conceded basically in the last five minutes and at West Ham I believe we were really unlucky.
“We were focused but we were unlucky with the free-kick and we were unlucky with the penalty. I don’t believe either of those was the right decision.”Copyright 2013 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 30 Oct 2009