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Arsene Wenger: 'Decisive moments key for Arsenal'

Wenger: 'Decisive moments key for Arsenal'
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger challenges his side to start performing in the "decisive moments" of matches after losing 3-0 to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested that he was pleased with aspects of his side's performance in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

Wenger and his side have come in for strong criticism since losing at Wembley Stadium, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and Arsenal legend Paul Merson both blasting the North Londoners for their display against City.

However, Wenger has insisted that only the decisive moments in the game went against his team, and the long-serving manager has challenged his side to play with more "freedom".

At a press conference, the Frenchman told reporters: "We are very disappointed after losing an important game. We need to recover from that and prepare for the next challenge together.

"It was a tight game until 2-0. City had three shots on target and we had two. We have to turn the decisive moments into our favour. We played a bit apprehensive and we need to have more freedom."

On Thursday night, the two teams will meet for a second time in the space of a week when the Emirates Stadium hosts a Premier League encounter between the clubs.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
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12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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