Wenger rues slow-mo debacle

VERY POOR DAY: A dejected Wenger faulted Arsenal's performance, from up front to the back. His team crashed 5-1 at English Premier League title rivals Liverpool on Saturday, but he is confident they will bounce back.


    Feb 10, 2014

    Wenger rues slow-mo debacle


    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger branded his side "naive" and said that they had conceded goals "in slow motion" after they crashed 5-1 at English Premier League title rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

    Liverpool scored four goals in the first 20 minutes at Anfield en route to a victory that took them to within five points of Arsenal, who ceded top spot in the league following the loss and Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle.

    "It was a very poor day," Wenger told BT Sport. "...we were poor - defensively, offensively - and they (the goals) were all scored in slow motion.

    "...Liverpool played very well, so congratulations to them. We have to bounce back from that, and as quickly as possible.

    "We were too open. Every acceleration from Liverpool was deadly for us and defensively, from up front to the back, we were not at the level that you are used to."

    For Arsenal, it was the worst possible start to a run of fixtures that includes a league game with Manchester United on Wednesday, another meeting with Liverpool in the FA Cup next weekend, and a Champions League last-16 tie with defending champions Bayern Munich.

    Asked how his side could put the defeat by Liverpool behind them, Wenger replied: "By the desire to give the right response. These are top-level sportsmen.

    "We have shown since the start of the season we can do that, but of course it raises some questions today (Saturday) because we were caught many times and were a bit naive.

    "I'm confident we will (bounce back)."

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, while thrilled by his team's display, was reluctant to talk up their title chances.

    "It was an incredible performance," he said.

    "We've been getting better and better. We've got a lot of young players, developing well. But for us it's just about improving."

    A brace from Martin Skrtel put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, with Raheem Sterling adding a double and Daniel Sturridge also finding the net before Mikel Arteta replied for Arsenal with a 69th-minute penalty.