They also had some good chances but I think we were defensively flawless and everyone did a great job. “They produce more than us and we have to look at ourselves and see how we can correct that”.
Liverpool were proving a tough nut to crack with Giroud, Ramsey and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all denied by Simon Mignolet as the visitor’s defence stood firm.
Wenger told his post-match news conference: “Mertesacker is sick”.
Liverpool sit third with seven points – two behind early pace-setters Manchester City – while Arsenal, touted as serious title contenders before the season, have had an indifferent start and are ninth with four points.
Ironically, it was Liverpool who again benefited as Christian Benteke’s match-winning strike against Bournemouth was not ruled out despite Philippe Coutinho appearing to be offside.
That said, I think Liverpool have improved this summer and I’d be extremely surprised if the result is as one-sided as the last time we met. But they bought [Roberto] Firmino.
“The shot of Coutinho, I saw the ball all the way so I managed to get there”.
When asked about Mario Balotelli’s potential loan move to AC Milan, Rodgers was less open: “I don’t know anything on that”, he replied. “It’s hard to believe after all the chances it finished 0-0”.
Arsenal were without experienced defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and their replacements Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers looked nervous against the physical Christian Benteke and skilful Coutinho.
“The lads who came in did what they could to play well”.
However, replays showed he was in line with Martin Skrtel and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said after the game he knew Ramsey was onside even though he was watching from his technical area.
“The first half some of our football was outstanding”.
“I’d say we’re disappointed [not to have won]”.
“We kept a very good clean sheet but still couldn’t get the win“. Our goalkeeper pulled off some good saves.
“You have to give credit to Liverpool, they created a bit of an insecure feeling in our defence”, he said. “The second half they were much more stable”.