The Gunners are still ‘paralysed’ and ‘frozen’ by memories of their defeat to Manchester United earlier this month, says Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger.
Wenger said this accounts for the team’s poor game with Liverpool on Friday, match that ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Arsenal had been 2 goals behind the Liverpool team before Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil turned the game around.
Robert Firmino’s goal for Liverpool ended the Friday game in a dead heat
Wenger, however, believes their performance at the game was reminiscent of Arsenal’s ponderous start against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side on 3 December where Arsenal fell behind to two early goals and went on to lose 3-1 despite dominating the second-half and United having Paul Pogba sent-off.
Wenger said: “I felt in the first-half we were paralysed and frozen. We played too deep, gave too many long balls away and were second best everywhere.
“There was the psychological factor where you could see the Manchester United game had a bearing. The bad start was absolutely there.
“We were lucky it was just 1-0 at half-time. It could have been game over. We had to show a new face.
“But we then showed quality and character and we have a team that has gained most points from lost positions and you could see why.
“The team knows what it wants to do and has character, but we were inhibited completely in the first-half.”