By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Olivier Giroud slammed his Arsenal team-mates for allowing a 3-2 lead at Liverpool to slip from their grasp in the dying seconds of a Premier League thriller.

The Gunners had twice come from behind to lead by one goal for much of the second half before Joe Allen seized on Christian Benteke’s knock-down to seal a 3-3 draw for the hosts in a hugely entertaining clash at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Giroud scored the equaliser for Arsene Wenger’s team with a poacher’s strike to make it 2-2 after 26 minutes before adding an exquisite strike in the second half to extend his goal tally for the season to 18.

But the French striker was frustrated that Arsenal did not leave Merseyside with all three points.

“It is disappointing because we were 3-2 up one minute from the end of the game,” Giroud told BT Sport afterwards. “It was a nice game for the fans because a lot of intensity and chances to score.

“But when you lose three goals in an away game it is hard to win these games. We should have been stronger at the end because we did well in the second half.

“My first feeling is disappointment but we have showed character to come back. We were 1-0 and 2-1 down.”

Leicester’s last-gasp 1-0 win at Tottenham on Wednesday night meant Arsenal wasted the chance to maintain the gap over Claudio Ranieri’s team.

Arsenal and Leicester both have 43 points, but Wenger’s side are top of the table on goal difference.