Arteta: Liverpool Are Superior To Arsenal In Many Aspects

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Arteta: Liverpool Are Superior To Arsenal In Many Aspects

Mikel Arteta says Liverpool showed Arsenal just how far they really need to go before they can contend with the elite following his side’s 3-1 loss at Anfield on Monday.

Diogo Jota grabbed a goal on his premier league debut to seal a 3-1 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool against Arsenal who return to Anfield on Thursday for a Carabao EFL Cup clash.

Arsenal headed into the EPL clash fresh of premier league wins over Fulham, Westham and an EFL Cup win against Leicester City.

The Gunners had defeated Liverpool twice over the past two months in a Premier League clash at the Emirates and the Community Shield encounter at Wembley and, like Liverpool, came into this fixture with a perfect start, but were unable to capitalize on a lead gifted to them by Robertson 25 minutes into the game.

Robertson inadvertently set up Alexandre Lacazette to score for Arsenal who had no major impact in the game only for Sadio Mane to put Liverpool level on terms 147 seconds later.

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Robertson then completed the swift turnaround by putting Liverpool in front before substitute Diogo Jota sealed things late on as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their promising start to their title defence.

Robertson inadvertently set up Alexandre Lacazette to score for Arsenal who had no major impact in the game only for Sadio Mane to put Liverpool level on terms 147 seconds later.

Robertson then completed the swift turnaround by putting Liverpool in front before substitute Diogo Jota sealed things late on as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their promising start to their title defence.

In his previous two meetings as Arsenal manager, Arteta had instigated victories over Liverpool, but he admits Jurgen Klopp ‘s men were far the better side in this new tussle.

“We were in the game for a big part of it. The reality is they are superior to us in many aspects. You could see that is some phases,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m really happy with the way the team competed and kept believing. This is the standard we have to reach.

“We are on a different journey. They’ve been together five years, we’ve had a few months.”

In the second half, Lacazette missed a magnificent chance to make it 2-2, struggling to clip the ball past Alisson as playing through on target.

It proved a costly miss as Jota, who had only been on the field for eight minutes, fired home on his league debut for the club to confirm a first defeat of the season for Arsenal.

“Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2 and again put us in a really strong position,” the Arsenal manager added at his post-match news conference.

“But he had a great game, put an incredible performance again and I’m pleased with him. They all want to win. This is what I like, the mindset of the team. They want to go to any ground and they want to win.

“The boys were really disappointed to lose the game – they really believed we could come here and do it. For large periods of the game we were right there.”

Both teams will return to Anfield on Thursday to play each other in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

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