Arsene Wenger has said that his side were “physically not ready” in the aftermath of The Gunner’s opening day defeat to Liverpool. The Boss was speaking after Liverpool demolished Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates (via The Express).
The stage was set for Arsenal to prove the doubters wrong as a depleted Gunners side took to the Emirates pitch on Sunday afternoon. The home team were without the injured Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker, and the European Championships trio of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, and Olivier Giroud.
Things started well. A revitalised Theo Walcott was brought down in the box but the winger could not convert the resulting penalty. The Englishman didn’t have to wait long for redemption and put Arsenal 1-0 up a little over a minute later. The Gunners were cruising but couldn’t add a second goal and Philippe Coutinho drew the visitors level thanks to an incredible free kick just before the break.
Liverpool turned out in the second half a completely different team and shocked Arsenal with an all-action display. Three goals in 15 minutes from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, and a second from the excellent Coutinho put the visitors 4-1 ahead. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back for the home side before Calum Chambers added a third in the 75th minute but the score line remained 4-3.
“We played a very good first half and were unlucky to concede a goal just before half-time because the free-kick was very harsh.” Wenger said after the defeat.
“After that we paid for a lack of experience. I have said many times we are working very hard to get one or two players in.
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“I don’t know what you call desperate. They [any signings Arsenal make before the transfer window closes] need to make sense and be of quality.
“We are physically not ready. We have to be ready next week because we go to Leicester.”
As Wenger said, Arsenal go to the champions Leicester City next week and will need to perform a lot better to come away with a result. It was a bitterly disappointing score line for Arsenal who have won just one opening Premier League match in the last seven seasons.