Arsenal must respond quickly after Liverpool hammering – Wenger

The Gunners boss watched his side get taken apart at Anfield on Saturday and says that they will need to summon plenty of mental strength to stay on track in their title chase

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to see a convincing reponse from his side to their 5-1 mauling at the hands of Liverpool.

The Gunners, who began Saturday at the top of the Premier League, suffered a sensational defeat at Anfield as a rampant home side scored four goals inside the opening 20 minutes.

Wenger’s only consolation was a penalty from Mikel Arteta in the 69th minute but the game had already long gone thanks to a “poor” showing from his side, from whom he now demands mental strength.

“What is important is that we respond to that result and especially that we respond with a different performance because our performance was poor,” the Arsenal boss told reporters. “The whole team failed to turn up with the right performance.

“It’s not about what people say; it’s how we respond that matters. I can completely understand that people will, of course, raise questions but the only way to answer that is on Wednesday night [against Manchester United].

“It’s always what you make of defeats that decides your future and we have a lot of answers to find.

“Congratulations to Liverpool,” he added, “they were the better team and we were very poor.

“We conceded two early goals on set-pieces and then you’re in a position when you’ve always [got] to come out.

“Only our fans were good for 90 minutes, that’s all.

“We are, of course, very disappointed but, as well, [we will] not lose our confidence and our belief that we can still do it [win the league].”

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