We were scared to play our game. In truth, his team have been frozen for years, preserved in aimless aspic whilst Liverpool and Tottenham usurp them in the Champions League.
It was Philippe Coutinho who opened the scoring in the 26th minute and that was to be the only goal in the first half.
Fourth placed Liverpool remain one point above fifth placed Arsenal after a Christmas cracker that underlined the qualities and problems with two teams who harboured title ambitions in August, but now trail way behind runaway leaders Manchester City.
The Boring James Milner Twitter account might just implode after Liverpool's veteran striker said his Reds need to be "more boring". Coutinho, responsible for the initial possession turnover, glanced a languorous header over Petr Cech to give Liverpool a well-deserved lead. In the second half we played at our level. Granit Xhaka picked up the ball from long-range and hammered an effort in off the bar, despite Mignolet getting very close to it.More news: Teacher gets bottle of wine from parents with student's face on label
The Gunners fullbacks for the night - Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were often caught in two minds about their positioning as Arsenal hit the trifecta of shambolic defending - poor marking, lacklustre pressing in their own defensive third, and lazy clearances.
Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their four Premier League matches against Arsenal under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 14 goals in total (W3 D1).
Arsenal's troubles deepened seven minutes into the second half when Mohamed Salah was gifted even more space to double Liverpool's lead.
The Reds' two-goal lead was short-lived, though, as within six remarkable minutes a resurgent Arsenal was in front. The equalizer from Xhaka was as much due to an optimistic yet blistering strike from the Swiss as it was due to Simon Mignolet's erroneous shotstopping.More news: Fifth flu season death in San Diego region reported
Arsenal vs Liverpool had it all.
To complete a insane six minutes of action, Arsenal took the lead on 58 minutes.
"We've all been in games like that where you score and they go down the other end and score and there's always a mistake for a goal but at 2-1 what can you do to stop that game being a basketball game?"
Going into the game, Arsenal haven't been on the best of runs, scraping wins in the past week after disappointing draws but with all that could be at stake in this game you'd hope this'll bring out that "determined attitude" come kick-off.More news: Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones to improve battery life