Arsenal were left reeling on Sunday after being a handed a 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all helped themselves to a goal as the Reds played their opponents off the pitch at Anfield.
On the other hand, in as far as their attacking effort went, there was no shot on target from Arsene Wenger’s side.
It was so much unlike Arsenal, and even their experienced manager struggled to come to grips with what had transpired in Merseyside.
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Roberto Firminho was the first to get on the scoresheet, but Liverpool could have scored one or two even before his superb header in the 17th minute.
The Reds going 1-0 up of course meant Arsenal had to commit numbers forward in search of goals and that – much to their detriment – allowed Jurgen Klopp’s fearsome attackers more space.
Five minutes before the break Mane became the next to breach the Arsenal defence, cutting inside off the left wing to rifle a shot into the bottom corner.
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Second half continued in the same vein with the Gunners on the back foot and Liverpool resolute and dominant.
Salah made it 3-0 in the 57th minute before substitute Sturridge made the scoreline even more embarrassing for Wenger’s side in the 77th minute.
Arsenal’s beleaguered French coach was visibly distraught after the final whistle while discussing the defeat.
“Everything,” he said when asked when asked what had gone wrong.
“From the first to the last minute. Technically, psychically – we were punished. The performance was not at the requested level. It’s very difficult to answer. It’s not acceptable. We were an easy opponent.
“The result is a consequence of our performance.
“We were not good enough. We were beaten everywhere physically, in the end I believe we made it easier for them, and the mistakes gave them a cushion.
“It was shocking (the goal before half-time) but our performance was absolutely disastrous.
“Not to become too emotional, we have to take some distance, and there are some reasons behind it, and the players now go on their international break.
“But we do have to take the consequences of our performance today.
“If you find a manager who is happy with that performance today, I wish you good luck.
“The emotions are negative, but it’s not the right moment to talk about that.”
One would have to go as far back back as 2014 to find the last time Arsenal didn’t manage a shot on target in an EPL game.
While its only the start of the season, to say that an improvement is needed would be a gross understatement.
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