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Interview

Ramsey - We have to say sorry to the fans

Aaron Ramsey vies for possession against Liverpool

Plain and simple: we were not good enough at Liverpool on Sunday.

After the game, Aaron Ramsey spoke to the media. This is what he said:

on the game…
We’re very disappointed with the way we performed but we have to accept it. We’re sorry to the fans that came up - it’s not good enough and we have to do something about it.

on how they can change it…
I don’t know, we’ll have to review it and hopefully move on.

on if there were any positives...
No I don’t think so. We’re going to have to change something if we’re to compete this year. That wasn’t good enough. Liverpool showed what it’s going to have to take to compete for the Premier League and we’re going to have to do something about it if we’re going to do that.

on international break…
Most of the squad go away now, so when we get back we’ll have to review that and hopefully we can move on and sort it out.

The Breakdown

Analysis: Why did it all go wrong at Anfield?

It was a deeply-disappointing afternoon for us at Anfield on Sunday as we were well beaten by Liverpool in the Premier League.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke analyses the game and also examines:

  • How our first-half positioning cost us dear
  • The role our loose distribution had in the defeat
  • Our lack of focus while not in possession
  • Petr Cech's superb save to deny Mo Salah

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the latest episode of 'The Breakdown' and the check out the following:

Interview

‘We need to show solidarity and keep our cohesion’

We have had a far from ideal start to our 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Despite claiming all three points with a dramatic winner over Leicester City on the opening day, we have since slipped to defeat against Stoke City and Liverpool.

The result at Anfield was particularly disappointing, with the squad coming under heavy criticism, but Olivier Giroud says the players do share fans’ frustrations. 

“You know that in a season you will have to deal with these difficult moments, you can’t always be invincible like in 2004,” the France striker told Arsenal Player. “You need to show a big solidarity in the team and keep the team cohesion. 

“The most important thing is to keep the head up and keep the confidence high no matter what. We understand when we do mistakes in the game, and the most important thing is to realise and understand what we have to do better and not to do it again. 

“After a bad result, to be honest with you, I don’t sleep too much at home and I try to spend my time with my kids and help me to think about something else but once I comeback to the training ground I’m 100 per cent focused on what I miss, what I need to improve. 

“I think as a team we all focus on the same target and we all want to improve so that’s a good point. Obviously we don’t want to make another bad result the game after so I think we are quite good at that, bouncing back straight away.“

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.

News

Match video: Liverpool v Arsenal

We were comprehensively beaten by Liverpool on a frustrating afternoon at Anfield on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all scored to consign us to a 4-0 defeat.

Press ‘Play’ to watch our 12-minute match clip above, or our bitesize round-up below:

You can also watch full match replay by clicking on the links below:

Interview

'I'm deeply disappointed… but we can't panic'

Sunday’s performance against Liverpool was disappointing for everyone connected with the club - and Arsene Wenger admits to being shocked by the display.

First-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane put the hosts in front at the break, before Mohamed Saleh and Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring after the interval.

“I’m deeply disappointed because we were not at the level - not physically, nor mentally, nor in the fight,” the manager told Arsenal Player. 

“It’s very difficult to find reasons today for such a poor performance. It’s a long time that we haven’t had that and it’s very difficult to explain.

“I think we have to not go into the conclusions from today’s performance that the players are poor. The players are quality but today we had a poor performance. I think these players will come back in a different shape after the international break and hopefully we have not many injuries and then there is still the transfer market that we have to deal with until Thursday. 

“But we have to not panic as well, just today was a dramatic performance. I have not seen us for a long time like that.”

Post-Match Report

Liverpool v Arsenal: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED

It was an afternoon to forget at Anfield on Sunday as we were well beaten by Liverpool.

Much of the damage was done in the first half, as the hosts put us under sustained pressure – although we had an early chance when Danny Welbeck fired over after good work from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis.

But moments later Roberto Firmino played Emre Can into space to the left of the box and he rolled an inviting ball across the six-yard box. Mohamed Salah raced in to convert the chance… but miraculously Petr Cech flung his way in front of the ball and somehow managed to block his goalbound shot.

But the respite did not last long, and with 17 minutes on the clock Liverpool took the lead as Joe Gomez whipped a ball in from the right to find the onrushing Firmino, who headed beyond Cech.

We were on the rack, and it could have got even worse moments later when Jordan Henderson preyed on a defensive error and dinked the ball over Cech, but his effort didn’t have enough power and was cleared.

Arsene Wenger’s side just could not find their attacking fluency, and five minutes before the interval we were punished again after leaving too many men upfield for an attack as the hosts countered in devastating fashion.

Can won the ball and raced forward and the ball found its way to Mane, who faced up Holding before cutting in past him in the box and placing a shot into the far corner. 

We switched to four at the back in the second half, and it provoked a more positive response as we looked for a way back into the game.

But it was the hosts who were next to seriously threaten as Saleh pounced on a loose Monreal pass and burst forward, but his shot was saved by Cech before Henderson put the rebound over the bar.

We continued to push on in search of a goal, but another defensive error killed off any hope of a comeback as Saleh nicked the ball off Bellerin on the halfway line and raced in on goal, before calmly beating Cech.

It was a real hammerblow, and we were indebted to Cech once again in the 69th minute when Mane preyed on another mistake to get a sight of goal but the Arsenal goalkeeper was able to save his low shot.

Sturridge made it four with 13 minutes left on the clock to complete a miserable afternoon and leave Wenger with much to ponder over the international break.

AS IT HAPPENED

Click here to see how the game unfolded in our minute-by-minute feed

WHAT IT MEANS

This defeat means we slip down to 16th in the table after three games of the Premier League season.

WHAT’S NEXT

We head into the international break now – before hosting Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium in our next fixture, on Saturday, September 9.

ALEXIS WATCH

Alexis made his much-anticipated return to the Arsenal team after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Here’s how the Chilean was involved at Anfield:

8 - Ramsey wins the ball and bursts upfield, before Alexis takes possession and slips a good ball into the area for Welbeck, who lifts his shot over the bar

24 - Alexis stands over a free kick on the left touchline and whips in a threatening cross that tests Karius, who manages to punch clear

34 - The ball is played into Alexis in the box, and he finds space and curls it into the bottom corner… but he is flagged for offside

43 - Alexis cuts in from the left and plays a neat ball into Monreal in the area, who goes down under a tackle from Gomez… there are shouts for a penalty but the referee waves play on

62 - Alexis is replaced by Olivier Giroud

 

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