Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left displeased on Saturday, as his side was held to a scoreless draw against newcomers Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite heavy possession numbers and quite a few chances, the Gunners were unable to break down Middlesbrough who dropped deep and built a wall in front on Victor Valdes in the net. Wenger admitted after the game that it was frustrating to not get all three points.
“I think I have a frustrated face, certainly, and I am,” Wenger said. We had a lot of the ball, in the modern game it’s maybe not enough to win the games. We had 75 per cent possession but we didn’t have our usual pace in the combination or enough sharpness in our movement. In the first 20 minutes we were quite satisfied, after Middlesbrough came back in the game and were dangerous on the break. In the end, we couldn’t win it. At least we were intelligent enough not to lose it.”
Wenger thought his side looked a little fatigued after playing midweek in the Champions League, and said they lacked creativity in attack.
“We paid a little price for the Champions League on Wednesday night and usually when you play at home you still would like to manage to win but we couldn’t,” Wenger said. “We could’ve lost the game as well in the first half, but that’s the modern game you know. If you don’t score early, if you’re not sharp enough, if you’re not creative enough. We lacked a bit of creativity today and then you can have a draw or even lose the game.”