Mikel Arteta was not a happy man during and after Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat by Liverpool.
That won’t come as a surprise to many as the Spaniard’s side were second best from start to finish at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night and were somewhat fortunate to still be in the game up until the hour mark.
But Jurgen Klopp’s decision to withdraw left-back Andy Robertson for forward Diogo Jota in the 61st minute turned the game in favour of the visitors.
The Portugal international, who scored his first Liverpool goal against Arsenal in the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier in the season, punished the Gunners with a brace.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet to inflict a 12th Premier League loss of the campaign for the north London outfit.
In truth, the defending for the Egypt international’s goal left a lot to be desired, but it would appear that Arteta took issue with Jota’s goal which broke the deadlock.
During the game in north London, the Gunners boss was seen on camera reacting to how his team were getting on before and after Liverpool’s three second half goals.
And he was not pleased.
At around the 4.05-minute mark in Liverpool’s ‘Inside Arsenal’ video uploaded to YouTube, the Spaniard reacts to Jota’s goal by having a word with fourth official Andre Marriner.
It’s not clear as to what was said, but it seemed as if Arteta had a problem with something in the build-up to the goal.
Speaking after the game, Arteta admitted his side deserved to lose.
“Liverpool completely deserved to win the game, probably with a bigger margin,” he told reporters in the post-match press conference. “They were much better than us in every single department and we were extremely poor today.
“Basically when you don’t do any of the basics right against this level of opponent you don’t have any chance to compete and that’s what happened today.
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“Well, it’s true that in the second half we struggled after conceding the second goal as well. But I think confidence went down as well. We were very poor in a lot of departments and when that happens it can look that we are tired.
“But it was more a mental issue and an issue with how we started the game and how we approached it. We didn’t win enough duels, enough second balls and that’s the starting point.
“We gave so many easy balls away again which against this opponent you get punished and they were much better than us.”