Wenger on defeat, the fans and Wilshere

Arsene Wenger faced the media after his side were well-beaten by Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. Read a transcript of what he had to say below:

on whether he was shocked by that result...What is important is that we respond to the result, especially that we respond with a different performance because our performance overall was poor today - on the concentration level and on the pace. Our defensive stability was very poor, we looked always vulnerable defensively. Congratulations to Liverpool, they were the better team today and we were very poor today. Only our fans were good for 90 minutes, that's all.

on explaining the first 20 minutes…We conceded two early goals on set pieces and then we are always in a position where you have to come out but we knew that you need to be better focused in that kind of level. Overall our performance was just not good enough. Maybe it's better if I don't talk too much, go home and respond well on Wednesday night because I include myself in that performance. It raises the questions that we have to answer on Wednesday night.

on the run of games coming up testing the teams credentials…Yes I understand with you completely but it's not about what people say, it's how we respond that matters. I can completely understand that people will raise questions. We only have one way to respond and answer to that - which is on Wednesday night.

on whether Arsenal can still win the title…Of course because, no matter what happens, it will be mathematically possible. It's always what you make of the defeats that decides your future and tonight we have a lot to answer for and a lot of answers to find.

on taking positives from the response after the City defeat…It was a similar situation against City, Saturday morning, 12.45 and early goals. We have to analyse well what happened, why it happened but we didn't look sharp physically as well.

on taking 20 points from 24 after the City game…If we do that in the next games it's OK but let's respond well on Wednesday night. We are of course very disappointed today but [we must not] lose our confidence and our belief that we can still do it.

on Wilshere's fitness…He didn't look more short than any other player on the pitch. At half-time I could have taken a lot of people off. I just think the whole team failed to turn up with the right performance.

on whether they missed Flamini…Flamini played at Man City. I think overall it's just our team performance on the day was poor.

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