After 2-2 draw with Liverpool, Arsenal defender admits that his side were always on the back foot
Liverpool: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits that his side “didn’t find our own game” as they struggled to a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
97th minute: Martin Skrtel(centre) heads Liverpool's equaliser past Arsenal's Per Mertesacker(right) at Anfield on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images.
The Gunners were widely criticised for a performance in which they recorded just 36% possession. The centre-back was at least pleased that Arsenal did not suffer the same fate that befell them on their last visit to Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing in the 2013-14 season, but concedes that they must still do a great deal better.
“If you remember last year, we had a very different performance to what we had (on Sunday),” Mertesacker told the club’s website. “We tried to stop Raheem Sterling going through on the back four with his speed. We didn’t find our own game.
“We realised we had to stick together and find space (and knew) if we got chances in the second half we could have scored. We did and then we tried to defend in the last minute, which we did but not as good as I thought (we could have). “Overall we have to take responsibility for our game — we want to dictate but we were always on the back foot.
“I’m not really pleased with the performance but we take the point now and we’re looking forward to December 26. We have to dig in now and try to beat QPR.
“When you compare (the 2-2 draw) to last year, this is a much better result but I’m not very pleased with our performance. We can do much better and we have to find it.”