Arteta says Arsenal's defeat to Liverpool was a 'punch in the face'

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s abject defeat by Liverpool was a much-needed ‘punch in the face’ and was ‘good to come back to reality’ as Gunners look to win the Europa League this season

  • Mikel Arteta says Arsenal now have to ‘get back to reality’ after Liverpool defeat 
  • The Gunners were torn apart by a Liverpool side struggling with injuries 
  • Arteta says the loss was a ‘punch in the face’ but now sees the positive
  • Arsenal return to Europa League action this week against Slavia Prague 

Mikel Arteta has likened Arsenal’s turgid 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool as a ‘punch in the face’ but says it has allowed them to get back to reality as they battle to win the Europa League.

Arteta watched on as his men were dismantled by a weakened Liverpool side at the Emirates, as the game quickly got away from the Gunners.

Now, having taken time to reflect on the match, Arteta admits the defeat has given his side a reality check following a period of form.

Mikel Arteta cut a forlorn figure as Arsenal struggled against Liverpool at the Emirates

The Gunners could not capitalise on Liverpool’s makeshift back line and fell to a 3-0 defeat

Arteta briefed reporters on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal’s European tie with Slavia Prague

The Gunners face Slavia Prague on Thursday, as they bid to win the Europa League this season and gain a return to the Champions League as a result.

The Czech side have already taken one English scalp this season, having knocked out Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in the previous round. 

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