Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gunners will come out of the blocks firing against Liverpool after placing particular emphasis on their intensity levels in training.
Arsenal finally return to Premier League action on Saturday after a rare break due to Southampton’s EFL Cup commitments last weekend, and the Arsenal boss cited Liverpool’s similar break that culminated in the Reds struggling to keep up with the pace of Leicester in their 3-1 loss as a reason to ensure they’re switched on from the start.
Wenger confirmed his side have been focusing on high intensity training in a bid to fix the issue that has plagued them in many big games this season, and will look to take the game to Liverpool.
“It is always a bit of a problem [slow start after a break] which is why we put our emphasis on high intensity in training to be ready to start strongly and hopefully we can do that,” Wenger said.
Wenger feels the issue of their recent form has been down to a lack of fluidity and freedom in their play throughout the entire 90 minutes.
“We lost at Everton and City after being 1-0 up and basically it is because maybe we were not in the proactive position after we were 1-0 up, we were too passive.”
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“After that, we lost at Chelsea under special circumstances a little bit.”
“I agree that we didn’t look like we played with enough freedom or enough belief that we would just turn up and do it and that is what we want to add to our game.”
“What is most important for me now is the attitude to just go for it, go and take. What is linked many times with belief is a passive mode and not enough proactive, you have to make things happen.”
Arsenal need to get all three points from the visit at Anfield, with all our rivals seemingly looking stronger and stronger every week keeping up the pressure, while the Gunners have not convinced for a number of months now.
The rest and recuperation from the past two weeks will hopefully be an asset for the season run-in, however they need a strong start at Anfield. Our season depends on it, as a positive performance today will restore the much-needed confidence that has evaporated after several high profile losses since the turn of the year.