Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal fans to believe in current squad

Arsenal fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Liverpool

Manager Arsene Wenger called on Arsenal fans to keep faith with his squad even if he is not able to add to it on transfer deadline day after they battled back to secure a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw against Liverpool.

Both sides knew defeat at the Emirates Stadium could prove fatal to their hopes of closing back up on the top four, but neither were ready to settle for anything other than all three points in what developed into an open and entertaining match.

Liverpool took an early lead through Luis Suarez after terrible defending by Arsenal again proved their Achilles heel, and the visitors then looked to be in complete control when Jordan Henderson walked in a second on the hour.

However, as has so often been the case in a frustrating season, the Gunners suddenly burst into life as in-form Olivier Giroud reduced the deficit with a close-range header and Theo Walcott then rattled in an equaliser.

Although his men were unable to complete what would have been a remarkable turnaround, Wenger maintains there is still more to come from the current group.

"This squad is top, top level. We have to learn to trust these players again and to keep faith in them," said Wenger, who revealed full-back Kieran Gibbs was expected to be out for up to three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury.

"We have signed a bunch of young, English players who have committed to the club for the next four or five years.

"I think there is a lot to come out of this team, but we have to trust and keep faith with them."

Wenger maintained any talk of a deadline move for Barcelona forward David Villa was dead in the water, while reports continue to link Arsenal with a swoop for West Ham midfielder enforcer Mohamed Diame.

On prospects of a hectic final few hours of the transfer window, the Arsenal manager said: "I cannot promise that. We will work on it."

Wenger admits the loss of Gibbs, who will now miss the England friendly against Brazil at Wembley, was a "big blow".

"Gibbs was an important player for us going forward and the game we want to play. It is a shame he is out for the next three weeks," the Arsenal boss said.

Despite Arsenal's rousing comeback, the Gunners remain four points behind Tottenham, who drew at Norwich, in the race for Champions League qualification and now trail fifth-placed Everton by three points after they beat West Brom.

Wenger, though, feels there are plenty of plusses to take from what was a third match unbeaten.

"We can smell something when we combine like we do. It was a fantastic effort, overall we know what to do to improve and to keep the positives," he said.

"We have to focus on playing football and what we want to do to the opposition.

"I believe the quality is there and we have to trust it and forget what happened in the past."

Wenger added: "We are frustrated because we have not won the game.

"Somewhere they can feel they have given everything, there is a certain sense of feeling they have done their jobs, but you want to win games and we didn't."


Arts and Entertainment
Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' in Bristol
art'Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' followed hoax reports artist had been arrested and unveiled
Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

Stephanie first after her public appearance as a woman at Rad Fest 2014

Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
peopleJust weeks after he created dress for Alamuddin-Clooney wedding
Life and Style
A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
Arts and Entertainment
Leonardo DiCaprio talks during the press conference for the film

Film follows park rangers in the Congo

Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
Adel Taraabt in action for QPR against West Ham earlier this month
footballQPR boss says midfielder is 'not fit to play football'
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album