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'We lacked rhythm and competition'

We looked good after the break at Anfield on Saturday, but we couldn’t quite right the wrongs of the first half.

Here’s how Arsene Wenger summed up the match when he faced the media straight after the final whistle:

on the display…I felt in the first half we suffered from a lack of rhythm and competition, which I thought would happen. But it was a game of two halves. In the second half we responded very well and could have come back to 2-2. I felt we were a bit unlucky and a bit unlucky with some decisions as well. So overall, that’s what the game was today.

on whether Emre Can should have been sent off…You watch the situation and you give me your opinion. Or you ask the referee - that’s even better. You go directly to see him.

on whether he has been to see the referee…No.

on whether he would like an explanation from the referee…No, no, no. I don’t need explanations. The situations are the situations. Explanations will not change anything in the situation.

on the regrets he has from the game…I just think that I have no special regrets. My regret is to have lost the game and especially in the first half, for the first goal we conceded from a direct kick from their goalkeeper. The fact that we lacked pace in our first half was down to, in my opinion, the fact that we had a lack of competition.

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