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Gunners boss refuses to play blame game

By | 20th March 2011

Following his side’s disappointing 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that his men must move forward collectively rather than blaming certain individuals.

The Gunners’ defense has been suspect ever since Thomas Vermaelen’s injury in the early stages of the season and there is little doubt that defensive errors forced Arsenal into a hole once again in yesterday’s fixture at The Hawthorns.

While Aaron Ramsey’s poor marking on an early corner was the culprit behind the Baggies’ opening goal, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia seemed to have lost his concentration completely when he charged out of his goal – without a need – to invite the second goal to be scored.

As far as Wenger is concerned, though, coming back from two goals down to draw the game will at least give his struggling side the belief to keep fighting together till the end of the season.

“I do not want to go too much into individual criticism. What was good was the reaction the whole team has shown. Mathematically, we have lost two points but psychologically we have won a point because when you are 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, you are not to unhappy to come back,” the Frenchman reflected as he referred to late goals scored by Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie.

Unfortunately for Wenger’s Gunners, the headlines were being made elsewhere as Dimitar Berbatov also scored late to guide 10-men Manchester United to a 1-0 victory over Bolton at Old Trafford.

As a result, United now have a five-point lead at the Barclays Premier League summit heading into the international break, leaving Wenger restless to resume the thrilling campaign.

“It is the least-predictable season since I have been in England. It will be interesting until the end, we are ready to focus and ready to fight,” the Arsenal manager concluded.

Following the internationals, the Gunners will return home to welcome Blackburn Rovers to The Emirates before heading to Bloomfield Road for a tricky away fixture against Blackpool.

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