Arsene Wenger has expressed his frustration following Arsenal’s 1-1 away draw against Southampton in Sunday’s Premier League clash at St. Mary’s.
An Olivier Giroud goal with two minutes left cancelled out Charlie Austin’s third minute opener for the Saints.
“I’m not happy with just a point but when you can’t win it, don’t lose it,” Wenger said in his post-match press conference.
“We kept going and were relentless after a difficult start when we were caught cold.
“A windy, rainy afternoon against a team that played well on the counter attack. It was important now to concede a second goal. In the end Olivier helped us rescue a point.”
Wenger revealed what he told his players during the break.
“I said keep calm, to play the way we want to play. To defend quicker when you lose the ball and to put them much more under pressure. In the second half it was one-way traffic but it was very difficult to create clear-cut chances.”
The French manager went on to lament the rate of time wasting by Southampton players.
He said:”I must say I’m frustrated. In the second half there was a lot of time wasting, especially on the final ball on the counter attack.
“It’s very frustrating to give the advantage to the guy who made the foul.
“Not only were we called back with three against one, but when we played it quick he called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage to Southampton.”