Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits being thrashed by Liverpool "hurt"

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits being thrashed by Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Arsenal will be forced into an unfamiliar way of playing against his men on Friday. "I'm not sure he's ready for Arsenal but the games coming up, (I'm) pretty sure", added Klopp.

Arsenal suffered a chastening defeat at Anfield in the first month of the season when Liverpool decimated the Gunners and Wenger took some serious flak for the performance. Once you get comfortable with that, you can start to relax more. "There's no difference between Ox and Mo - I think Ox would have needed less time than Mo and he was already quick".

"So I'm fine for the moment, it is all good, but I see really a lot of space for improvement as well, and that's good".

He said: "It's all so different, he has become more and more a Liverpool player".

Since losing 4-1 to Tottenham at Wembley in October, though, they have conceded only four goals in nine Premier League games.

"He did well from the first day, but I know how it is if you're kind of a big signing - then everybody expects you immediately on the pitch, and when you are on the pitch, then you have to perform immediately".

And he could be set to play against his former side tomorrow (7.45pm) when Liverpool travel to the Emirates.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's move to the North West saw him struggle to adapt to his new team and surroundings - making only six starts in 19 Premier League and Champions League games - since joining Liverpool shortly after making his last appearance for Arsenal in the 4-0 humiliation at the end of August.

He said: "Against us most of the time Giroud played from the beginning so that shows the style Arsenal choose against us".

"They are a complete football team, able to do everything".

Liverpool will head into Friday's match against Arsenal a changed side-a more defensively capable side. "We must play with pace and a determined attitude". "They will have a strong side, whoever will play".

Like this: