Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0
Firmino 17, Mané 40, Salah 57, Sturridge 77

Another low in an ever growing series of lows. The deflating 4-0 loss at Liverpool spoke more of the ineptitude of Arsenal than the breathtaking simplicity of Liverpool who carved up a porous Arsenal midfield and back line at will. The thrashing could have been by an even higher margin as Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and company were ripped to shreds. Roberto Firminio’ header and Sadio Mane plundered a 2-0 lead at the break. The Reds’ could have been further out of sight and after the break, Mohammad Salah raced through almost two thirds of the pitch to slot home Liverpool’s third and then substitute Daniel Sturridge headed home for the Reds’ fourth. Shorn of ideas, bereft of leadership, short of confidence, and with just one win from their first three Premier League fixtures, the Gunners go into the international break is possibly the worse possible frame of mind under Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal boss who just penned a new two year deal at the Emirates was scathing of his players and was subjected to boos from some of the travelling Arsenal fans, but he urged them to remain loyal to the team.

Asked what went wrong? ” Everything,” replied Wenger.

” I think from the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game and not physically, not technically, not mentally were we at the level and we were punished and that’s basically it. You can of course analyse the chances we gave away, but I just think overall that the performance was not at the requested level.”

Wenger will go away and analyse this debacle, and will draw his conclusions. The trick will be for Arsenal to learn from there many mistakes here, but based on previous such on pitch disasters that seems beyond Wenger’s men. So why did they play so poorly at Anfield?

“That’s a question that is very difficult to answer straight away after the game and there are some reasons, but I don’t think I have too much to come out on that now,” moaned Wenger.

Want away striker Alexis Sanchez had his first start of the campaign, but he couldn’t inspire his team, and neither could Özil who endured an awful uninterested, un trying game which the Gunners cannot afford to continue to happen. Having reportedly rejected a £180,000 per week deal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly on the Liverpool and Chelsea radar and that didn’t help his poor performance here. He wasn’t alone in that regard.

But it is a familiar defensive issue that the Gunners cannot seem to remedy. Aaron Ramsey’s desire to surge forward leaves the other central defender – in today’s game Granit Xhaka isolated and the back line vulnerable. Mane’s shifting of Rob Holding before firing past Petr Cech was one of many cases in point. Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin suffered, with the latter guilty of a weak attempt to stop Salah who then shifted through the gears to score Liverpool’s third.

Emre Can, Wijnaldum and Henderson had the freedom and power of Anfield and they exacted real torment on a poor Arsenal side who didn’t have a shot on target. Wenger’s decision to leave record new signing Alexandre Lacazette on the bench didn’t make sense, but at least he won’t be tainted with this poor performance which inflicted the Gunners’ heaviest defeat in two years.

Wenger has to find solutions, and if he is to be taken seriously in the title race, has to finally get tough on those who are letting him down.