Arsenal manager seething after "car crash" defeat

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Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsene Wenger's fury following Saturday's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool reached levels he has never seen previously, describing the shock loss as a "car crash" that must be improved upon instantly.

The Gunners lost top spot in the Premier League following a horrendous start at Anfield, which saw Liverpool take a 4-0 lead inside 19 minutes before going on to record a comprehensive 5-1 victory.

Arteta's late penalty kick was scant consolation for Arsenal on a torrid afternoon, with the Spanish midfielder revealing that Wenger was absolutely seething with his under-performing side after meekly surrendering a crunch clash early on.

He told The Guardian: "We have had two big crises already. I think the Manchester United defeat was a different game to this, but City and this one are really hard to take. We have to react because there is nothing we can do about this now.

"We know we need to improve and face those games in a different manner because after 19 minutes we were 4-0 down and it was like a car crash.

"The manager was really upset at half-time, that's normal because it wasn't good enough for this football club. It was the angriest I have seen him."

Arsenal suffered a similarly tough 6-3 defeat at Manchester City in December, but managed to bounce back with an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions

Wenger's side have little time to dwell on another disappointing defeat to a direct title rival, with Manchester United due at the Emirates on Wednesday night for a match that both sides will be desperate to win.

A clash with United at the Emirates continues a run of four games in 11 days across three competitions for the title contenders, with FA Cup and Champions League ties against Liverpool and Bayern Munich respectively to follow in quick succession.

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