Mikel Arteta: Liverpool are at ‘the level we have to reach’
Arsenal boss takes his side back to Anfield after Monday night league defeat
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph: Jason Cairndruff/EPA
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes his squad will head back to Anfield on Thursday believing they can again give Liverpool plenty to think about.
The Gunners suffered a 3-1 Premier League defeat by the Reds on Monday night, their first loss of the new campaign.
Both managers will freshen up their team for the Carabao Cup tie.
Arteta believes Monday night’s spirited performance, albeit not the final result, will have lifted the whole group.
“I am happy that we competed throughout the game and I think there are a lot of things that we can do better – and we will do better – and that’s going to help us so much in the process,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.
“We tried and they believed. That’s what I asked of them before the game, to believe.
“To play here with character and to play our way and now we just accept that they were better and that they are better at the moment and that we have to improve.
“This is the level that we have to reach. We will come back on Thursday and try to win again.”
Arteta acknowledged Monday night’s Premier League fixture had been “physically a really demanding match”, so is again set to utilise his squad for the cup tie.
Arsenal could yet make some late moves ahead of the transfer deadline.