Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal struggled to find their “rhythm” in the first half of their match against Liverpool on Saturday.
First-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana had the Reds in charge by half-time, Danny Welbeck got one back for Arsenal in the second half but a further goal near the end from Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“We had problems getting into the rhythm of the first half,” Wenger told BT Sport.
“We conceded cheap goals – direct balls from the goalkeeper and you do not expect that in a game like this but we came back in the second half, responded well, but didn’t perform at our level in the first half.”
When asked if leaving Alexis Sanchez on the bench had backfired, he replied: “I felt the strikers suffered in the first half and we didn’t dominate in the midfield. It is always debatable.”
He was also asked if he thought the Gunners were out of the battle for a top-four finish: “It is a possibility to be in it as well so let’s focus on that.”