Joe Allen managed to rescue a point for Liverpool with a last minute equaliser in the action-packed 6-goal thriller at Anfield on Wednesday.

Olivier Giroud who netted a brace, blamed his team’s lack of strength at the end which cost the Gunners a great opportunity to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

A clearly dejected Giroud said after the match: “It’s disappointing because we were 3-2 up at the end of the game,” 
“It was a nice game for the fans because there was a lot of intensity, a lot of chances to score. But when you concede three goals in an away game, it’s hard to win.

“So we should have been stronger until the end because we did well in the second half. My first feeling is disappointment but we have shown some character to comeback at 1-0 and 2-1 down.”

Liverpool substitute Joe Allen scored a stunning 90th-minute equaliser to make it sure that points were shared at Anfield, as second-placed Leicester City defeated Tottenham to move level on points with league leaders Arsenal.

Arsenal were actually on track for a third successive league victory when Giroud put the Gunners ahead of the hour-mark, after his first-half equaliser cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s quick-fire brace.

But ultimately it was not enough as Joe Allen latched on to Christian Benteke’s knockdown.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger also looked frustrated: “We are frustrated by the result but not the performance. I feel they need to transform that frustration into more motivation for next game because more positives than negatives in this.

“What happened tonight strengthened my belief we can have a big part to play in this league.”

Despite being a reliable source of goals in Premier League this season, Olivier Giroud sometimes frustrates Arsenal fans, just like on Wednesday. He missed an open goal from about a yard out despite scoring two goals.

The Frenchman remains far from the most clinical striker under Arsene Wenger; while he is the most effective one being master of poacher’s goals and near-post bullet headers, Giroud is unfortunately not gifted with the natural pace or lethal precision like Ian Wright, Thierry Henry. But no one can fault his determination, that’s for sure.

Arsenal and Leicester are right now level on 43 points, but Giroud and Co. top the standings because of their superior goal difference after the 21st round.


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