Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: 3 possible impacts of the loss on Arsenal | Premier League 2018-19
After a pretty remarkable start to his first season, Emery is now struggling to find momentum with his side. It is renowned for clubs to be stretched to their fullest capacity and potential in winter, as Premier League clubs battle multiple fixtures in a week, and have little time to rest.
With injuries to experienced players of the club, the manager has found it hard to get as many points as he can in December.
Liverpool's 5-1 thrashing will definitely leave a blemish on Emery's record as Arsenal's manager.
It was also one of the heaviest defeats the Gunners have suffered in the Premier League. With that result, lets look at the possible impacts on the Gunners.
#3 Arsenal's confidence
After losing the first two matches of the season to Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery's side started a long unbeaten streak across all competitions. They even advanced as leaders of their Europa League group, and climbed to a PL position where they distanced themselves from Manchester United who are in sixth.
However, the North London club came crashing back to reality after they lost to Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. Thereafter, the Gunners lost their second match in a row in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals when they faced Tottenham.
Those two losses seemed to have dampened the spirit of the team and their fans. The Emirates was filled with pockets of space when they hosted Burnley. In that match, the Gunners beat their opponents 3-1 after finally leading for the first time at the end of the first-half.
Amidst Liverpool's great run, and Arsenal's defensive frailties, the Gunners were given a thrashing at Anfield. They lost the match 5-1 to the current Premier League leaders, and this would surely affect the confidence of the team.
Things would not have looked so bad if Arsenal had managed to secure more points against clubs such as Brighton and Crystal Palace earlier in the season.
Now that so many flaws in the team have been exposed, it would be tough for the players to regain confidence in themselves. They will face Fulham on New Year's Day, and hopefully, a victory at home could help reduce damage done by the thrashing.