Arsenal’s early-season problems mounted at Anfield on Sunday after they were condemned to a miserable 4-0 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool.
Not even the return of Alexis Sanchez could inspire Arsene Wenger’s side as they fell to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.
Arsenal fans have understandably been left distraught with the performance and plenty took to Twitter to react to it.
Here are some of the best tweets that portray the emotions of the North London side’s supporters.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded his team had been punished for a “disastrous” performance after they were thrashed 4-0 by fellow Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool on Sunday.
Liverpool scored through Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge at Anfield to condemn Arsenal to a second successive defeat after last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Stoke City.
“Mentally it was difficult,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “A very disappointing performance. It was disastrous.
“The result is a consequence of the performance. It was not good enough. We were beaten everywhere physically and in the end we made it easier for them.
“We have done recently well in the big games. That is why today is even more disappointing.”
Wenger faced dissent from large sections of Arsenal’s support last season as his side missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.
But he masterminded a stunning victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final and then signed a new two-year contract.
Asked about shouts of “Wenger out!” that were heard from the away end, Wenger replied: “I don’t want to answer that. It’s part of the crowd’s feeling.
“If some people feel as if I am the problem, then I am sorry that I am the problem.
“But we want the fans to be with us even when we lose like that. All we can do is come back and give them a different level of performance.”
Unlike last weekend, when a clash between two of the top six lived up to the billing as Tottenham and Chelsea played out a thriller, Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Arsenal quickly turned into a mismatch.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Daniel Sturridge all got on the scoresheet as Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 4-0 to burnish their own Premier League title credentials.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
It had been an indifferent start to the season from Liverpool, with a shambolic draw at Watford followed by a listless display in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. This, however, was Liverpool at their very best.
Much like the corresponding fixture between the two teams last year, Liverpool blew Arsenal away with their energy and attacking verve right from the start.
Beating one of the other teams from the top six 4-0 is usually a statement win, and the Reds can rightly cite this as evidence that they are also title challengers.
The only thing one can say against that is, given how poor and lacking in fight this Arsenal team was on Sunday, Liverpool are still to face quality opposition.
Liverpool have scored eight goals in three Premier League games, plus another six across two legs of their Champions League qualifier, without their chief playmaker having made an appearance.
According to some reports, the club has finally decided to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho, and while selling the Brazilian will no doubt be a blow, Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and new signing Mohamed Salah looks formidable.
If anything, any shortcomings that emerge over the season will largely be down to the lack of an elite defence, not being shorn of Coutinho.
Flash back to January 18, 2015. Arsene Wenger took his Arsenal team to Manchester, deployed two defensive midfielders (or one defensive midfielder and one deep-lying playmaker), and rolled over Man City in a clinical 2-0 away win. It was supposed to be the dawn of a new Arsenal.
Since then, Arsenal’s away results against the rest of the big six include three straight losses each to heated rivals Spurs and Chelsea, plus two losses to Liverpool, including on Sunday, one loss to a Manchester United shorn of many of its first-team players, and a handful of draws – but not a single win.
The reasons for the Gunners’ struggles are so familiar, the same analyses are written every year. Arsenal’s defence is poor, the midfield lacks steel and thus a potent attack is rendered toothless.
Sunday’s team selection was muddled – yet again, not a new criticism. Rob Holding, the latest Arsenal player to have been hyped after barely a handful of good performances, was completely out of his depth; starting him ahead of Sead Kolasinac and Shkrodan Mustafi was a definite head-scratcher.
Hector Bellerin, a right-back, started at left wingback ahead of natural left-backs Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal, who was shoehorned into central defence. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who’s not even a defender, was given Bellerin’s natural position. Granit Xhaka, bought to add steel to the midfield, has yet to show any attributes of a midfield enforcer other than reckless tackling.
If you’re not playing the best players for each position, how are you going to succeed? That’s a question Wenger needs to answer, fast.