Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal’s performance was ‘shocking’ and ’disastrous’ following the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Gunners were totally outplayed at Anfield, with the scoreline arguably flattering the Gunners.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring after 17 minutes before Sadio Mane doubled the lead before half-time with a fine curled finish. Mohamed Salah scored a fine counter-attacking goal after the break before turning provider for Daniel Sturridge to head the last goal.
Liverpool capitalised on a total lack of effort from Arsenal which was also littered with individual errors and poor performances.
Wenger gave an uncharacteristically honest appraisal after the match.
‘Of course it was shocking. I believe our performance on the day was disastrous,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘We have to take a little distance [before assessing what went wrong]. There are some reasons behind it that we have to analyse. Now players go on international break and we have to take stock.
‘If you find a manager who is happy after a performance like that then good luck.
‘We have done recently well in the big games which makes today even more disappointing.’
Asked what the consequences of the defeat would be, Wenger said confidence would need to be rebuilt.
‘Confidence levels drops. We’ve lost two away games. We need everyone to keep believing and keep focused.’
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Arsenal, who failed to have a single shot on target against Liverpool, have taken just three points from three games heading into the international break. Travelling fans turned on the Frenchman, with Wenger apologising for his role in the performance.
‘If I am the problem, I am the problem then I am sorry. We want our fans to be with us when we lose. All we can do is come back.’