Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal – Reaction
Mikel Arteta confessed his emerging Arsenal side are still a work in progress.
The Spaniard watched on as champions Liverpool came from an Alex Lacazette goal behind to secure a 3-1 success thanks to strikes from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and recent signing from Wolves, Diego Jota.
“We are in a different journey to Liverpool,” Arteta explained.
“They’ve been together for five years and they weren’t able to do what they’ve done tonight two or three years ago, that’s for sure.
“They have a lot of good work, a lot of belief in the way they play, great recruitment and they’ve improved the players that they have. This is what we have to try to do.
“They set the bar and they’re probably the best standard that the Premier League has seen in many years. This is where we have to get and obviously we’re still a long way from getting there.”
The Gunners will get an immediate opportunity for redemption when they again face Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday, October 1 in a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie (7:45pm).
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita (Milner 79’), Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino (Minamino 90+1’), Mané (Jota 80’) Subs not used: Adrián, Jones, Origi, Williams
Arsenal: Leno, Holding, David Luiz, Tierney, Bellerín, Elneny, Xhaka (Ceballos 60’), Maitland-Niles, Willian (Pépé 68’), Lacazette (Nketiah 64’), Aubameyang Subs not used: dos Santos Magalhães, Saka, Rúnarsson, Kolasinac
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Lee Betts and Richard West
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal FC www.arsenal.com)