Arsène Wenger feels his team’s attacking outlook impacts on their defensive record.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott secured Arsenal a point at Emirates Stadium after an early Luis Suarez strike and Jordan Henderson’s tap-in on the hour had given the visitors a two-goal lead.

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Wenger was pleased with the comeback but, with 15 goals scored in the Gunners’ last three games, he feels his team’s attacking intent can leave them exposed.

“It’s a bit of a price of our philosophy [that we are open at the back] but I feel we are too nervous,” he said. “[That’s] down to the fact that recently we conceded goals in big games at home.

“I think we had to throw everything forward and take a big gamble [against Liverpool]. We did it well and even at 2-0 down, you could never feel that the team was giving up. They were absolutely going for it.

“It was a game of great quality. We have shown tremendous spirit, tremendous quality going forward, we always looked dangerous and the spirit of the team was absolutely fantastic.

“We looked a bit nervous defensively and the recent history of the team certainly plays a big impact in the heads of the players. We have to get rid of that, because apart from that, there’s a lot of positives in the games.”

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Nik Brumsack 31 Jan 2013