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Wenger takes positive from Norwich draw

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Wenger was left frustrated against Norwich (©GettyImages)
Wenger was left frustrated against Norwich (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can take heart from their 3-3 draw with Norwich on Saturday that could have potentially cost them a place in the top four.

 

The Gunners looked in danger of dropping out of the top four – or at least giving up third place to arch-rivals Tottenham – after they squandered the lead twice to drop points in their final home game of the season.

 

Yossi Benayoun had given Arsenal an early lead but efforts from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt gave the Canaries a surprise lead at half time.

 

A Robin van Persie brace looked to have given Wenger’s side three much-needed points in the race to secure Champions League football, before Steve Morison’s well-taken strike five minutes from time ensured the spoils were shared.

 

The draw gave both Tottenham and Newcastle a chance to move above the Gunners with just one game of the season remaining, however neither side could take advantage as Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw with lowly Aston Villa while Newcastle eventually succumbed to Manchester City.

 

Now Arsenal sit a point ahead of their north London rivals and two clear of Alan Pardew’s side, and Wenger believes there were some positives to take from the game against Norwich going into their final match of the season against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

 

“We have a belief,” he told Arsenal.com. “When you look at the chances we created, it is absolutely unbelievable that we scored only three goals.

 

“Again we are punished because Robin had to score and many times we do not get enough goals from elsewhere. We had so many obvious chances that you would want somebody else to score one. That doesn't happen enough.

 

“Of course we need to address that because I feel there was enough room to score six or seven goals.

 

He added: “We were not sharp in the first half but is it down to too much preparation, not being switched on or subconsciously thinking we will manage to do it? We were not at the pace of the game in the first half for sure."

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