Mikel Arteta determined to get 5-1 defeat 'out of the system' with victory in FA Cup tie at Emirates Stadium
Mikel Arteta is champing at the bit ahead of Sunday's game as Arsenal look to atone for their heaviest defeat of the season.
Eight days after slipping to a 5-1 defeat at Anfield, the Gunners host Liverpool at Emirates Stadium with a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at stake.
Arteta stopped short of using the word "revenge" but there is no doubting his desire to set the record straight against Brendan Rodgers' side.
I can't wait for Sunday's game because I want to take it out of the system and get a very different result
"I can't wait for Sunday's game because I want to take it out of the system and get a very different result," he said. "Hopefully we can get the legs back for Sunday and try to perform as good as we can.
"When something like that [5-1 defeat] happens it is something like that [revenge] in your system. You know that you have to manage your feelings sometimes because when you worry too much about it, it's not good as well.
"We will try to recover, speak about it and analyse what we did against Liverpool as well and try to improve.
"Going 4-0 down so early has never happened in my career so it was tough," added Arteta. "We conceded from two set-pieces really early in the game and we had to open up.
"For me they have got the two best strikers in the Premier League at the moment and with the space they exploited that really well. After 20 minutes it was 4-0, it's a big help for them.
"But it was completely different when we played them in November [when Arsenal won 2-0]. I think we were the better team on the day and we played much better than them. Hopefully we can be closer to the first game than the second one on Sunday."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source