Date: 17th August 2016 at 7:03pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has reflected on the loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign for Arsenal and confirmed everyone was disappointed with how the day had gone for the club.

Speaking to in his post game press interviews, a frustrated manager explained.

‘Of course we are bitterly disappointed. It was a contrast between the two halves. We lost this game for many reasons and was one of them is the psychological impact of Liverpool making it 1-1 just before half-time. The second one is that physically we are not capable of maintaining the level, because not all the players have the same level of preparation. Maybe we lacked a bit of experience but if you look well at the goals, I don`t think it was necessarily the inexperienced players that cost us the goals today.’

With Holding partnering Chambers in the heart of defence, he went on to say that the manner of the goals wasn’t a reflection on the defence itself for him.

‘If you look well at the goals, it`s not necessarily our defenders who cost us the goals today. You could see that we dropped physically today. It was a game of contrast between two halves but I felt as well that mentally we kept going and we have been absolutely remarkable on that front. But I believe that the first goal was a big shock for us because we didn`t see that coming in the first half and maybe we didn`t recover from that.’

Whilst he wouldn’t use it as a flat out excuse, he did point to the players we lost in the build up to the game, and he of course acknowledged it’s the third time in four seasons Arsenal have failed to open a Premier League campaign with a point.

‘Yes, I agree with you. But we are not stupid. We prepared well the players we have in but I think you have to consider we have been a bit unlucky as well. We have lost Mertesacker and Gabriel in preparation, and Koscielny is not fit. You have to sometimes accept that you cannot control absolutely everything, even if you try to be as intelligent as possible.’

With Rob Holding making his Premier League debut for the club in the game, in a follow up interview, Wenger did say that he was a clear positive from the match given his individual performance.

‘I think he did very well overall. He was one of the positives of our game today. He has shown intelligence and quality in defending and quality in passing forward and overall I think it`s a very positive game for him.’