Liverpool: Arsenal’s performance in their 4-0 Premier League loss at Liverpool on Sunday was “absolutely disastrous”, their manager Arsene Wenger said after a game in which the club’s fans again called for his removal.
A lacklustre Arsenal were outplayed by a rampant Liverpool with some dreadful defensive mistakes and a complete absence of energy throughout the side.
“The result is a consequence of our performance. We were not good enough. We were beaten everywhere physically, in the end I believe we made it easier for them, and the mistakes gave them a cushion,” Wenger told reporters.
“Our performance was absolutely disastrous. Not to become too emotional, we have to take some distance, and there are some reasons behind it, and the players now go on their international break, but we do have to take the consequences of our performance today,” added the Frenchman.
“If you find a manager who is happy with that performance today, I wish you good luck. The emotions are negative, but it’s not the right moment to talk about that.”
Asked about the fans chant of ’We Want Wenger Out’ during the second half at Anfield, Wenger said: “I don’t want to answer that, that’s part of the crowd’s feelings. If I am the problem, I am sorry, but I believe all together we lose. The only thing we can do is come back and give them a better level of performance.”
Wenger was unable to pinpoint a specific area that let Arsenal down.
“Everything. From the first to the last minute, not physically, not technically not mentally we were not at the level and we were punished. It was a tough day. You can analyse the chances we gave away but overall the performance was not at the requested level,” he said.
Wenger suggested he had an explanation for the display but did not want to share his viewpoint.
"That is very difficult to answer after the game. There are some reasons but I don’t think I have too much to comment on that now," he said.
Arsenal club legend and all-time top scorer Thierry Henry described the team as “unwatchable”.
Arsene Wenger’s team were 2-0 down at the break and could have lost be an even bigger margin if it had not been for their goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Henry, now working as a pundit for Sky Sports, said he had turned his studio seat around at one moment during the game.
“It was unwatchable, at one point I wanted to leave. I don’t relate to the team and I don’t think a lot of the fans do. That is a problem,” said the Frenchman who scored 228 goals for the North London club.
“It’s painful. It’s how they lose. It’s always the same. You have seen it before. Everything you see reminds me of what has happened for the last 10 years,” said Henry who won two Premier League titles with the club.
Former Arsenal full back Lee Dixon, now working for U.S. television network NBC, said it was the worst performance from the club he had witnessed since retiring in 2002.
“That was abject. Every one of them should be given a train ticket and be made to go home with the fans. That was embarrassing. I was embarrassed to do commentary up there,” he said.
”The shape was all wrong, we were outnumbered in midfield, the tactics was wrong from Arsene, the players didn’t give it their all. Every single part of their game was off.
“If their star players don’t perform, they’re bang average,” he said.
Arsenal keeper Cech questioned his team mates’ commitment.
"It was unacceptable for a club of our size. OK, you can come and lose a match 4-0 if you have a bad day, when you are fighting but are unlucky, but not like how it happened today," he said.
"We were not fighting, not winning any individual battles, and we completely failed to respond to their way of playing. This is the most disappointing thing. The only positive out of the game is that we have time to respond, because it is early in the season.
"I don't think it can get any worse than this."...