Liverpool vs Arsenal: Losses like the 5-1 defeat at Anfield leave 'a scar in your heart forever', says Arsene Wenger

The Gunners return to the scene of last season's complete thrashing

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Arsene Wenger revealed how much Arsenal’s 5-1 February defeat at Anfield hurt this morning, as he prepares to take his team back there on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side shredded Arsenal last season as part of a run that nearly won them the Premier League. They have not been the same team this year, though, since the departure of Luis Suarez. Wenger is hoping for a different result in Sunday’s match.

“Every defeat hurts, you know,” Wenger said. “Every defeat is a scar in your heart forever.”

“Liverpool scored over hundred goals later year. They were very good going forward. This season they have scored 19, so they are not on the same trend offensively. They started out strong that day and we were too late to get into the game.”

Arsenal are currently on a good run and with Calum Chambers coming back into the side on Sunday, Wenger hopes they can continue their good form.

“We won five of last six and want to continue strong run,” Wenger said. “This is a good game to show we have continuity of finding balance between and attacking and defending well.”

“We want to be faithful to our philosophy and player our game but be solid at the back.