Arshavin earns Wenger praise
Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Andrey Arshavin following Arsenal's 4-4 draw with Liverpool.
Last Updated: 21/04/09 11:07pm
Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Andrey Arshavin following Arsenal's 4-4 draw with Liverpool but admitted he was 'less than half happy' with the result.
Liverpool dominated for much of the match at Anfield but it was Arsenal who came closest to victory as they led 4-3 with just moments to go.
Yossi Benayoun netted an equaliser in stoppage time but the Gunners remain unbeaten in the Premier League since November and Wenger was satisfied with the attacking element of their performance.
He told Sky Sports: "The game was quality on both sides but you are only half happy when you concede four goals.
"We are bit less than half happy because we were 4-3 up with just a minute to go.
"The positive is that we have a long unbeaten run and this keeps that going, and another positive is that we have shown our quality.
"The negative is that three points would have been better."
Russian forward Arshavin was a peripheral figure in the early stages but he went on to score all four of Arsenal's goals and Wenger was delighted with his contribution.
"His performance was outstanding," said the Arsenal boss.
"He had a quiet first half but when he comes into the game he is always very dangerous. He has personality and is a winner."
Lukasz Fabianski was criticised following Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at the weekend but Wenger refused to blame the Polish goalkeeper after another poor display by the defensive unit as a whole.
"I believe he had a very good first half," said Wenger.
"In the second half we suffered a bit more on the longer balls but I cannot fault him. Overall I think he had a convincing performance."
Arshavin, meanwhile, admitted that he had never scored four goals in a match before.
He said: "I liked the game but of course it's not good for the team...almost basketball."