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Bellerin slams Arsenal’s ‘motivation’ in Liverpool defeat

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The Spaniard was critical of the Gunners attitude at Anfield on Saturday

Hector Bellerin was left to rue Arsenal’s lack of motivation and admitted they should have had a “better attitude” against Liverpool on Saturday evening.

The Gunners fell to a demoralising 3-1 defeat at Anfield, with Alexis Sanchez left on the bench by Arsene Wenger, as the north London club fell to fifth in the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were off the mark early on, when Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a ninth-minute lead while Sadio Mane doubled the lead in the first half. Sanchez came on at half-time to set up Danny Welbeck’s equaliser before Georginio Wijnaldum scored again for Liverpool in stoppage time.

Wenger has now overseen his side lose four of their last six games in all competitions – three of their last four in the Premier League.

And Bellerin believes it could have been so much different for Arsenal – who were without key man Mesut Ozil due illness – had they been more mentally prepared for the game.

“In the first half it didn’t feel like we were ready and then we went 2-0 down,” said Bellerin.

“We are very frustrated with how the game went. After the tough weeks, we have had, the team should have gone onto the pitch, motivated and ready from the start.

“We need to realise that it is just not the way to go. We need to push harder, to start the games with a better attitude and just go for it because we showed that when we go for it and want something, we can do it.”

They now face the daunting task of attempting to overturn their 5-1 deficit against Bayern Munich, after they were hammered by the Bavarian giants in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie last month.

It certainly seems likely that the north London club’s woes will continue, at least until next weekend when they return to league action against Lincoln City in the FA Cup.

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