Press conference

'Our performance was not acceptable at that level'

Arsene Wenger was understandably deeply unhappy with his side after their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The Arsenal manager admitted in his post-match press conference that he did not see that sort of display coming.

This is what he said:

on what went wrong…
Everything. I think from the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game and not physically, not technically, not mentally were we at the level and we were punished and that’s basically it. You can of course analyse the chances we gave away, but I just think overall that the performance was not at the requested level.

on why the team played like that…
That’s a question that is very difficult to answer straight away after the game and there are some reasons, but I don’t think I have too much to come out on that now.

on him saying the uncertainty over his future affected the team last season…
But last season I said that after 30 games, now we have played three games. We have played one home game and two away games. I believe in our two first games we were quite good, our performances were good, but today the performance was not acceptable at that level.

on whether his team have been so comprehensively outplayed before…
My memory is not big enough, but it’s true that today we were an easy opponent for Liverpool.

on the Ox’s future…
That’s not the kind of question I can answer after a game like that. I think we are focused on the game, what will happen on the transfer market in the next three to four days I don’t know.

on Shkodran Mustafi…
Similar question, similar answer.