Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger was predictably upset after watching his side capitulate horribly in the second half as the Gunners suffered an opening day defeat for the third time in four years, going down 4-3 to Liverpool at the Emirates.
Wenger told the press after the game, “Of course we are bitterly disappointed. It was a contrast between the two halves. We lost this game for many reasons and was one of them is of Liverpool making it 1-1 just before half-time. The second one is that physically we are not capable of maintaining the level, because not all the players have the same level of preparation. Maybe we lacked a bit of experience but if you look well at the goals, I don’t think it was necessarily the inexperienced players that cost us the goals today.”
The Arsenal boss refused to hold his young centre-back pairing of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers responsible for the defeat, perhaps shielding them. He said, “If you look well at the goals, it’s not necessarily our defenders who cost us the goals today.”
When asked if he thought his side could achieve the desired level of fitness in time for the game against Leicester City, Wenger said, “I don’t know. We have to be ready next week because we go to Leicester. But we’ll see first what we can do with the players who are preparing at the moment and how many players are injured today. Can they recover for next week? I don’t know.”