Liverpool Vs Arsenal was built up as a tight clash that could see goals, but may only be one goal to separate the sides. Football proved how unpredictable it can be at Anfield on Saturday, as the game was over with in the first 20 minutes. Arsenal had no idea what had hit them and by the time they did they were four nil down to the European chasers Liverpool.
Before the game Arsenal were top of the table and this was seen as the start of their incredibly hard run in that could define their season not just in the Premier League, but the FA cup and the Champions League. Therefore this was the worst possible start they could have had. Arsenal’s defence has been one of the best this season at least when you look at the stats, however on Saturday from the first minute they were torn apart and could not recover.
Per Mertesacker who has become very popular with fans for his consistent performance this season was involved in the defence at the weekend and was not happy with how the game went.
While Mertesacker was concerned with the result, he believes Arsenal will respond quickly against Manchester United on Wednesday.
“To be honest, it’s one of the worst setbacks of this season,” the defender told Arsenal Player. “We feel very bad at the moment, disappointed with our performance right from the start.
“It was just not good enough to compete at that level. Liverpool seemed full of confidence. At the start we were eight points clear of Liverpool so we should have been more confident and more aware of the situation but that wasn’t the case.
“We have the opportunity to respond quickly on Wednesday and we have to remind ourselves what we have done from Man City until now. That is at stake and to show that responsibility for ourselves and for the pride of our club.
“We have huge games coming up but we can rely on our fans that they will push us again. I think the team will give something back in the next couple of weeks.”
There is no doubt Arsenal will have to recover very quickly from this result as they have defending champions Manchester United in midweek and although they find themselves in a much tougher position than Arsenal, United should not be underestimated and Arsenal will have to play well, much better than they did against Liverpool to get the win.
Written By Kyle Farrington