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's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
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.Reuse content