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Arsenal boss Wenger pushed over Wilshere, Ozil contract talks

24 December 2017

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was only playing his third League game of the season when the Gunners took on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side on Friday, despite playing them at the Emirates where we had won all but one of our last 14 games.

Strikes from Alexis Sanchez (53), Granit Xhaka (56) and Mesut Ozil (58) in that frenetic period swung the game in their favour but Roberto Firmino (71) salvaged a point for Liverpool.

But Wenger is not keen on the idea of "parking the bus" and instead wants his men to iron out individual mistakes.

Wenger blamed Arsenal's first half troubles on stage-fright, with this month's 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United still fresh in the memory.

"I don't know who created this expression". We scored three quick goals and you could see the belief in the team. "I must give credit to the players because even at 2-0 we didn't give in, and we've shown again great spirit to come back".

"We are certainly the only ones at the top [doing that] but basically we want to keep these players".

Wenger was asked by a reporter if he should have simply "parked the bus" once his team went up 3-2. But overall, what can you say?

"You know Jack, he is never frozen as always". It was a fantastic game, with quality going forward on both sides.

"If you know someone is faster than you, don't give them any space, get tight and prevent them from having an opportunity to use their pace".

Wilshere has only recently been included in Wenger's Premier League lineups thanks to Aaron Ramsey's injury, but may have done enough to earn a new contract.

Coutinho and Ozil were two of the most talked about players heading into the clash with opposing fans embroiled in a long standing Twitter beef over who is the better player.

Arsenal boss Wenger pushed over Wilshere, Ozil contract talks