Arsene Wenger hopes to have new midfield signing available against Stoke

Arsene Wenger hopes to have new midfield signing available against Stoke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hope the arrival of midfielder Mohamed Elneny will give his side a timely boost after they dropped two points at Anfield.

Just when it seemed they had underlined their title credentials by twice coming from behind to lead 3-2 they conceded an added-time equaliser to Liverpool substitute Joe Allen.

It left the Gunners boss frustrated and even the conclusion of the drawn-out transfer of Basle midfielder Elneny, which has been held up by visa paperwork, could not lift his mood.

Elneny has to be registered by noon on Friday to be eligible to play at Stoke on Sunday and Wenger is hopeful that will be done.

“He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday,” he said.

Wenger tried to put a positive spin on the draw at Anfield, which allowed Leicester to draw level with them at the top of the table and represented a missed opportunity to put more ground between themselves and third-placed Manchester City, who were held to a goalless draw by Everton.

“I am frustrated by the result and not disappointed by the performance,” he added.

“The frustration comes from the fact that at 3-2 we had three situations where we should have made it 4-2 and made bad decisions.

“The frustration then comes from conceding a goal in the last minute.

“We have shown again great character to come back with a point.

“We have to transform the frustration in the dressing room into even more motivation.

“There are a lot of positives. What happened tonight should strengthen our belief.”

Roberto Firmino scored twice in the first half, the second a brilliant strike which flew past Petr Cech into the top corner, but they were cancelled out by goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman scored his second 10 minutes into the second half and thought it was enough to have won the game before Allen’s late intervention.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the performance of the Brazil international, preferred to striker Christian Benteke, in a false nine position, but less so with his side’s defensive performance again.

“I could talk about this for half an hour,” he said.

“He doesn’t know how good he is. If you are good, you have to show it.

“All of them were really good, perfect goals; the first goal was really good, the second spectacular, brilliant.

“But he was not the only one. I could talk about other special performances.

“Playing against Arsenal is not too easy. They tried everything but if you want to win against Arsenal you cannot have these lapses of concentration.”

More in this Section

5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Juve extend advantage after Inter Milan are held at LecceJuve extend advantage after Inter Milan are held at Lecce

Messi strikes to give Setien victory in first match as Barcelona bossMessi strikes to give Setien victory in first match as Barcelona boss

Basketball wrap: Eanna brought back to earth with a bumpBasketball wrap: Eanna brought back to earth with a bump


Lifestyle

I see that a website describes the call of Canarian cory’s shearwaters as ‘waca waca’. It’s a mad, hysterical call, uttered when the parent birds arrive to feed their nestlings.Cory’s shearwaters show long-distance qualities

Is it too much to hope that an important public health matter, such as Lyme disease, will be an issue in the general election? There’s been a worrying reluctance by the authorities to face up to the extent of the disease here.Facing up to Lyme disease

A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.Trying to save the parrot is not all talk

The recent rescue of a trawler 20km north of Fanad Head in Co Donegal gave us a glimpse of the enormous seas that occasionally strike that part of the coast.Islands of Ireland: Inishbeg Island begs the question

More From The Irish Examiner