Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are back in title race
Arsenal responded to harsh half-time words from Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks his team are back in the Premier League title race after inspiring his team to come from behind to beat Liverpool.
The Gunners are six points behind leaders Chelsea after Andrey Arshavin's winner capped a second-half comeback.
Wenger had lost his temper at half-time, with Cesc Fabregas noting: "I have never seen him like that."
Asked if his team were back in the frame, Wenger said: "Mathematically yes, and mentally certainly."
The Gunners trailed 1-0 at the break after an awful opening 45 minutes that had seen Dirk Kuyt score for Liverpool.
But the Gunners were much improved in the second half, with an own goal from Glen Johnson levelling the scores before Arshavin's superb winner on the ground where he scored four goals in the Premier League last season.
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And skipper Fabregas added of Wenger's half-time team-talk: "It worked, maybe he should do it more often.
"He tried to tell us what we had to do in order to improve."
Wenger himself played down the significance of his uncharacteristic half-time outburst.
"I believe that sometimes you have to respond to what the team needs," said the 60-year-old.
"I try to be composed. It was good to be able to surprise the players after 13 years (in charge of Arsenal)."
Chelsea were held at home on Saturday, while Manchester United were beaten at Old Trafford - increasing the importance of Sunday's contest at Anfield between two contenders with title aspirations of their own.
"It was a tremendous opportunity," added Wenger.
"I believe we were not ourselves in the first-half - we played with a hand-brake on.
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