Granit Xhaka says the game at Anfield might have been different had Arsenal taken the chances they created in the first half.
The Gunners saw their unbeaten start to the season ended by Liverpool who stormed to a 3-0 advantage courtesy of Joel Matip’s header and a brace by Mohamed Salah.
While Unai Emery’s men did reduce the deficit via Lucas Torreira’s late strike, there was no questioning who were the better team on the day.
Reflecting on the result, Xhaka told Arsenal.com: “I think the second half [for them] was much better than the first half.
“We had a few chances in the first half to score one or two goals. If we’d have done that, it would have been a different game.
“We can speak a lot but we lost the game. We didn’t have a bad game in my opinion because we defended well and Liverpool didn’t have a lot of chances.
“We had shots as well but they’re a good team. Let’s look forward.
He added: “They have a good team, a great team of great players and it’s always difficult here.
“It’s not only for us, a lot of teams find it difficult when they come here. It’s one game and we’ve lost today but we have to be positive for the next few weeks.”
If there was a positive from the game, it’s that Nicolas Pepe looks like a very good signing with the capability to dovetail with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the break. While Xhaka admits the duo are a class act, he made clear there are other players in the squad who can also step up.
“We have very good players, not only these two, all over the team,” he said. “We can do something special this season but we have to work a lot to improve things. After, we will see at the end of the season.”
The Gunners have a week to regather before taking on Sp*rs in the North London derby. Having delivered a great performance in the same fixture last season, the Swiss is hopeful of another fun afternoon at the Emirates.
“We know how important it is for the fans, the club and for us,” he said.
“We have shown in the last few years that we can have very good games against them. Let’s start getting ready this week so we’re ready to play against Spurs.”