Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to blame his makeshift defence for the team’s 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
The Gunners went into their opening match of the new Premier League season with an inexperienced rear-guard, due to injuries to Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista, with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers starting at the heart of the defence.
A brace from Philippe Coutinho and further goals from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane handed Liverpool the victory in North London, but after the match Wenger refused to blame his defence for the defeat.
He said: “We are bitterly disappointed. It’s not necessarily the defence that cost us the goals today.”
The Frenchman admits his side were not ready for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men, and he knows they will have to improve quickly, ahead of their next match of the season against champions Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
He added: “We are physically not ready. We have to be ready next week because we go to Leicester.”