Wenger outburst inspired us – Cesc

The Reds took the lead through Dirk Kuyt close to half-time but the

north Gunners turned the game around in the second half with an own

goal by Glen Johnson and a stunning shot by Andrey Arshavin guiding

Arsenal to victory. The victory moved Arsenal up to third place in

the Premier League – within three points of Manchester United with

a game in hand. Fabregas revealed he had never seen Wenger so angry

as he was at half-time. The Spaniard told Sky Sports 1: “The boss

screamed. I’ve never seen him like that before. “He was really

disappointed in the first half and said we didn’t deserve to wear

the Arsenal shirt if we played like that. “And I think he was

right. “In the second half we turned it round.” The Gunners are now

six points behind Chelsea with both the Blues and United faltering

on Saturday, but Fabregas was cautious. “There is still a long way

to go,” he added. “The Premier League is more open than ever, you

can beat any team and I like it that way.” Defender Thomas

Vermaelen explained the turnaround, saying: “We just reacted very

well. The first half was really bad but in the second we put

pressure on them and saw the result. “We closed the gap a little

bit now and we are back in the race.” Manager Wenger admitted he

had been angry by his side’s first-half display but refused to

divulge details of what had been said. “I don’t like to talk about

that,” he said. “I’ll keep that in the dressing room.” The

Frenchman added: “They knew it was absolutely needed to win this

game and when you lose the 50-50s in big games you don’t win. “It

was just to make them conscious the commitment of Liverpool was

bigger. “I think the first half we were quite happy with 1-0 – it

could have been two and the game could have been over. “I don’t put

it down to a lack of desire – there was a fear to lose a big game.

You could see that in the first half. “It showed the team can

respond and they are proud.” Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes

his side’s confidence disappeared after Arsenal’s second goal but

he pledged to keep going. He said: “The own goal changed

everything, the confidence changed and we started to make mistakes.

“The first half was really good and we were very pleased. “The

second changed and they were playing with more confidence and we

played with less. “We conceded too early and the second goal came

too soon after. “We will keep going. We have another important game

on Wednesday, we have some players coming back. “Top four is the

same target, it’s a long way but we need to keep going.”