Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky Sports after today’s dismal 4-0 hammering by Liverpool. Here’s what he had to say.
On the result and performance
The result was a consequence of our performance, it wasn’t good enough. We were beaten everywhere physically, and after they scored we made it easier for them. We made unneeded mistakes and when we came back into the second half we started to dominate the game, and the third goal killed us after that.
Mentally it was difficult. It was a very disappointing performance.
On Liverpool only being 2-0 up and if he was shocked by the performance.
Of course it was shocking. Our performance on the day was absolutely disastrous.
If there was a lack of effort and desire.
It’s not to become too emotional directly after the game, the disappointment is big enough. We have to take some distance from that. There are some reasons behind that we have to analyse but the players go now on international break, and we have to take the consequence of the performance.
Was he happy with the players’ effort?
If you find a manager who is happy after a performance like that I wish you good luck. The emotions are very big and very negative, but it’s not the right moment to talk about that.
Lack of fight in a big game the key issue?
We have done well recently in the big games, that’s why today is an even more disappointing performance.
What are the consequences of a performance like this?
It’s that the confidence level drops, that we have lost two away games, and that we need everybody to keep belief and focus.
On sections of the crowd shouting “Wenger out”
Well, I don’t want to answer that. That’s part of the crowd’s feeling, and of some people yes. If I am the problem, I’m the problem and I’m sorry because I want our fans to be with us when we lose with a performance like that. The only thing we can do is come back and give them a different level of performance.
On transfers, who stays and who goes.
We think a lot about that, but I don’t think after a performance like that that’s the right moment to talk about that.