Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has blamed his defence and officiating, for their 5-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners took the lead in the 11th minute, after Ainsley Maitland-Niles converted Alex Iwobi’s cross.

Arsenal’s goal sparked the hosts into life, as they took the lead within five minutes, through a Roberto Firmino brace.

Sadio Mane connected with Mohammed Salah’s touch-down to make it 3-1, before Salah converted from the spot in added time of the first half.

Firmino rounded off scoring in the 65th minute from the penalty spot.

“In the second half we needed to stand up, to keep our position individually and collectively on the game.

“The two last goals, two penalties, it’s a lot for us.

“VAR is important – it’s coming next year, because it’s going to help the referees to take better decisions,” he told BBC.

On the better performances within his squad, Emery singled out Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi for praise.

“There were some positives, Ainsley played as right winger and scored. Iwobi, after some matches not playing very well, today he played 90minutes with a good performance. But defensively we need to be stronger, to work.

“Our defensive moments in our box, it’s my responsibility,” he added.


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