Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v QPR

Friday, 26 December 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 2 Arsenal

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Wenger demands response

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on his side to show the right response to their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Liverpool.

Last Updated: 12/02/14 at 18:52 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Called for his side to respond to Liverpool defeat

Arsene Wenger: Called for his side to respond to Liverpool defeat

The Gunners found themselves 4-0 down within the opening 20 minutes as Liverpool's attacking display blew away Wenger's side and raised serious questions about their Premier League title ambitions.

Wenger was at a loss to explain his side's below-par showing and has demanded they respond by putting in a big improvement against Manchester United on Wednesday.

"What is important is that we respond to that result, especially respond with a different performance because our performance overall was poor," said Wenger.

"On the concentration level, on pace, on defensive stability, it was very poor and we always looked vulnerable.

"If you concede two early goals from set-pieces then you are in a position where you always have to come out.

"I just think the whole team have failed to turn up with the right performance. We know that you need to be better focused at this kind of level.

"Overall our performance was just not good enough and I include myself in that performance.

"For me it is maybe better I don't talk too much, go home and respond better on Wednesday night.

"Congratulations to Liverpool. They were the best team today and we were very poor - only our fans were good for 90 minutes."

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny labelled Arsenal's display as "embarrassing" and apologised for the result.

"That was embarrassing," wrote Szczesny - who previously conceded six at Manchester City in December - on his official Facebook page, with the message also containing an expletive.

"Apologies to anyone who sat through 90mins of that game."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property