Arsenal failed to continue their positive trend in the Premier League earlier this season. Visiting Liverpool headquarters, The Gunners were defeated by a landslide score. So, what did manager Mikel Arteta say about the defeat?
Undergoing the third matchdays at Anfield, Tuesday morning WIB (29/09), Arsenal are not the seeds to win. However, what surprised them was that they managed to score first through Alexandre Lacazette in the 25th minute.
However, that advantage did not last long, after just two minutes the hosts Liverpool were able to equalize through Sadio Mane’s goal. Unfortunately for the North London club, the goal that was escorted by Bernd Leno was again conceded by Andrew Robertson before half-time.
In the second half, Arsenal put tight pressure on the hosts, but that didn’t mean anything because they finally conceded again through the action of the new Reds player, Diogo Jota. The 3-1 score then lasted until the game ended.
For Liverpool this is their third successive win in the first three Premier League matches. As for Arsenal, this is the first defeat.
It was clear coach Mikel Arteta looked disappointed, what he regretted was Sadio Mane’s quick reply.
“We conceded the goal too early after that, but we were competitive throughout the game, lots of difficult moments happened when we came to Anfield,” said Mikel Arteta.
In addition, the coach from Spain deeply regretted the golden opportunity that Alexandre Lacazette wasted to change the position to a 2-2 draw.
“When we had a clear chance to make it 2-2, we didn’t score. Of course if you want to get something from the game here, you have to do it,” continued Mikel Arteta.
Furthermore, the pressure exerted by his players seemed to be working, but Van Dijk’s long pass that culminated in Jota’s diogo goal was the end of this big match.
“We tried to put Liverpool under as much pressure as we could and we were really aggressive in applying high pressure in a lot of moments, but Virgil van Dijk made a 60-yard pass to Mohamed Salah’s chest and they came out,” he concluded.