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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger giving his own take in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday; he revealed his side’s performance is “not acceptable ” and admitted they had been an “easy Opponent” for Jurge Klopp side.
The Gunners were swept aside at Anfield in a way that was embarrassing at times as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet.
Asked afterwards about what had gone wrong for his side, Wenger – who opted to drop record signing Alexandre Lacazette to the bench and saw Alexis Sanchez fail to sparkle on his return to the team – said: “Everything.
“I think from the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game – not physically, not technically, not mentally were we at the level, and we were punished.
“That’s basically it. You can analyse the chances we gave away. But I just think overall the performance was not at the requested level.”
Arsenal’s previous two Premier League matches this season had seen them beat Leicester 4-3 at home, then lose 1-0 at Stoke.
And Wenger added: “I believe in our first two games we looked quite good – our performances were good.
“But today the performance was not acceptable at that level. It is true that today we were an easy opponent for Liverpool.”
When asked why the performance had been so sub-standard, the Frenchman said: “That is a question that is very difficult to answer straight away after the game.
“There are some reasons, but I don’t think I have too much to comment on that now.”
Wenger was asked about reports suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be allowed to leave.
He said: “That is not the kind of question I can answer after a game like that. What will happen in the transfer market in the next three or four days I don’t know.”
Asked further about Shkodran Mustafi, he said: “Similar question, similar answer.”