Mikel Arteta

Arsenal were left to rue missed chances as they lost 2-0 at home to second-placed Liverpool in an English Premier League match on Wednesday night. 

The Gunners, on a good recent run, kept Liverpool at bay for long, with the match remaining scoreless at the break.

Things however changed in the second half, with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino scoring to give Jurgen Klopp a deserved win.

It could have turned out differently though had the Gunners taken their two chances early in the second period.

First, Gabriel Martinelli embarked on a promising run on the left-wing, beating three players, only for his final ball to fall to a Liverpool player.

Then Martin Odegaard saw his shot saved at close range by Alisson after which the Reds took the lead on the other end.

“Probably we were the better team in many parts of the game, but when the defining moments were there for the taking, we have to take them, and we haven’t,” he told Arsenal Media at full-time.

“That was the difference in the game.

“We kept trying, we believed. The way they executed the game plan was phenomenal.

“The courage and the energy that they showed. How they competed against this phenomenal Liverpool team was great to watch, but we’re disappointed because we didn’t get anything from the game.

“When you have those moments you have to score if you want to win against those teams.”

Arsenal’s next assignment is a clash away at Villa Park against Aston Villa, on Saturday.

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