Bernd Leno says Arsenal have to get back to winning ways in their next game as they look to put the disappointment of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Liverpool behind them.
The Gunners host Fulham on New Year’s Day knowing that a win will go some way to rebuilding confidence after a humbling afternoon at Anfield. The three points will be a necessity, especially with fourth-place Chelsea able to extend their lead on Unai Emery’s men to five points this afternoon.
Unsurprisingly, Leno was eager to look forward rather than back after the performance on Merseyside.
“Of course today we’re disappointed, but we have to look forward because we have another important game on Tuesday,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It’s the first game of the year and on Tuesday we want to beat Fulham at home. We need to win.
He added: “It’s good that we’ve got a game so soon because today we are very disappointed. Football can change quickly and we hope that we can win again on Tuesday.”
Much has already been made of the difference between Jurgen Klopp’s slick outfit and Arsenal’s disjointed, haphazard, rabbits-in-the-headlights showing on Merseyside. While it’s clear the Gunners are not at the required level to win the title this season, Leno believes that a bit of perspective is needed.
“They are a top team,” he noted. “Last season they reached the Champions League final and today we saw why.
“They capitalise on every mistake and turn it into a big chance. Today we made too many of these mistakes.
“I don’t think injuries were the difference today. Of course, we conceded five goals but I think we as a team made too many mistakes.
“We have enough quality, even when somebody is injured. Today injuries were not the problem.”