Speaking after Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, goalscorer Danny Welbeck admitted that it’s difficult to talk about the performance immediately after the game.

The striker was probably Arsenal’s only silver lining from the clash at Anfield, which saw the Gunners go 1-0 down within nine minutes and 2-0 behind before halftime.

The terrible first half performance, which mirrored countless others this season, was enough to ensure that, despite Welbeck’s beauty of a goal in the second half, Arsenal lost.

“We played much better football in the second half,” the 26-year-old acknowledged. “It’s difficult to talk about this performance straight after the game.

He added, “The difference was that we got a goal and then we didn’t concede right until the end of the second half. That’s the major difference. With the result showing that we’ve conceded three goals at full-time and lost 3-1, it’s not a good look.”

Liverpool scored late on to throw any hope of an Arsenal equaliser out the window, which meant that Welbeck’s mind was probably all over the place after the final whistle when he gave the interview.

The atmosphere surrounding the club is the strangest and most apathetic it’s been and it would be naive to believe the players aren’t fully aware of this.

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It was Welbeck’s third goal in two starts since he returned from his long-term knee injury so at least he can build on that and hope Arsenal manage to get top four.