The Gunners were blown away by the Reds at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers men raced into a 4-0 lead before half-time with goals from Martin Skrtel, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Sterling then made it 5-0 shortly after the break, before Mikel Arteta netted a late consolation from the penalty spot for the visitors.
The England international has admitted that they are gutted with the result, but is confident that they can respond against the champions.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
We are very disappointed, especially with the first half. We know we are better than that. So in that sense we are gutted.
But these things happen in football and it is our responsibility to turn that around and we have great opportunity on Wednesday night.
When the first goal went early you have to respond and ‘see out’ the next 10 or 15 minutes. We failed to do that and, credit to Liverpool, I thought they were brilliant and we were not up to scratch.
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In the second half we knew we had to improve and I believe that we did that. So there are some mental positives today but we have to put it right on Wednesday.
Arsenal went into the match clash high on confidence having created a two point cushion at the top of the Premier League standings, but just twenty minutes into the match at Anfield, they were four goals down. They ended up losing the match 5-1 after showing some improvement in the second half.
The result could have a serious effect on team’s remainder of the season, especially with next few matches likely to determine the outcome of the season. They have played with a lot of confidence so far this season, but they are going to face problems now that the spirits are extremely low.
We have enough quality to recover from this defeat and I think it’s actually a good thing that we will play every three days for the next few weeks, as playing is the best way to leave the results behind you.
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