The Gunners were facing the unpalatable prospect of a third successive defeat when goals from Eliaquim Mangala and Milan Jovanovic handed Liege a shock two-goal lead within the first five minutes at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Wednesday.
After back to back defeats to Manchester United and then Manchester City, another loss, especially against such unheralded opposition, would have raised serious questions about Arsenal’s ability to end their four-year trophy drought.
But Nicklas Bendtner gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope when he struck just before half-time. Then Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen marked his return to his homeland with a close-range equaliser and Eduardo stabbed in the winner with nine minutes left to complete a remarkable 3-2 win.
Instead of flying back to London under a dark cloud, Wenger’s team should be feeling on top of the world after a great escape that proved they have the stomach for a fight.
“When you are at a big club, you cannot afford to have too many defeats on the trot,” Wenger said. “After being 2-0 down, this will strengthen belief within the group.” — AFP.