Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has called for a quick response from the Gunners and has set his sights on a rejuvenating victory over Manchester United this week.
Arsenal were battered by Liverpool 5-1 in a sensational opening 20 minutes from the home side, and were consequently knocked off top spot by Chelsea after their win against Newcastle.
Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted Arsenal gave a below par performance that has spurned them on to respond with an improved showing against the Champions in midweek.
“We are very disappointed, especially with the first half,” he told Arsenal’s official website. “We know we are better than that. So in that sense we are gutted.
“But these things happen in football and it is our responsibility to turn that around and we have great opportunity on Wednesday night.
“When the first goal went early you have to respond and ‘see out’ the next 10 or 15 minutes. We failed to do that and, credit to Liverpool, I thought they were brilliant and we were not up to scratch.
“In the second half we knew we had to improve and I believe that we did that. So there are some mental positives today but we have to put it right on Wednesday.”
The Ox’s performance was one of the very few positives from Saturday’s match, the England international was fielded on the wing and troubled Liverpool’s backline with his pace and trickery. He eventually won the penalty in the second half that Arteta converted for their consolation goal.
It was an extremely frustrating and disappointing game but with a difficult period on the horizon they have little choice but to buck up their ideas and respond. The Ox has the opportunity and the ability to orchestrate their return to form.