Arsene Wenger has attempted to explain why his side produced another insipid performance on Saturday against Liverpool.
A slow start from the Gunners saw Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp’s men into a commanding position at 2-0 heading into half-time.
And even though Danny Welbeck managed to pull a goal back, Arsenal’s defensive frailties saw Georginio Wijnaldum wrap up the game with a third goal for Liverpool in injury time.
According to Wenger, the two-week break between the FA Cup tie against Sutton United and this weekend’s fixture affected his side.
“Yes, it was exactly the same [as Liverpool’s game at Leicester],” the Arsenal manager said after the game
“It’s similar, we haven’t played for a long time and then it’s always difficult to get into the rhythm of the game again. But still the regret we suffered in the first half is that I feel the first goal was really avoidable.
“From a direct long ball from the goalkeeper we conceded a goal. I don’t want that, even if we must say that Liverpool in the first half were better than us. I believe, as well, in the second half we were better.
“I think we missed our first half and I feel more for a lack of pace and rhythm in the game. Collectively we were not at the races. In the second half we responded very well. It was a game of two halves. Unfortunately we couldn’t come back to 2-2. but overall we had a strong response and we have to focus on that and take out for our next games.”