Arsenal morning news: Szczesny - defeat is 'f***ing embarrassing'; Barry linked

All the news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium this morning.

It is being reported this morning that Per Mertesacker and Yaya Sanogo were involved in a training ground bust-up on Friday.

The German defender was reportedly left with a black-eye by the young Frenchman after the incident.

However Arsenal deny those claims. They say Mertesacker’s clash with Sanogo occurred a while ago - and that the black eye he received came from an accidental clash with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The reports come out at a time which could destabilise the club - after their 5-1 defeat at Anfield yesterday.

Arsene Wenger has said of the loss:

“Our performance overall was poor today - on the concentration level and on the pace. Our defensive stability was very poor, we looked always vulnerable defensively. Congratulations to Liverpool, they were the better team today and we were very poor today. Only our fans were good for 90 minutes, that's all.”

The likes of Olivier Giroud and Mertesacker have both apologised for the defeat on Twitter - but Szczesny has spoken more frankly about the defeat.

The Polish stopper stated on his Facebook:

“That was f….ing embarrassing!’ he said on Facebook. Apologies to anyone who sat through 90mins of that game.”

Meanwhile Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stated the club must turn this around:

"We are very disappointed, especially with the first half. We know we are better than that. So in that sense we are gutted. But these things happen in football and it is our responsibility to turn that around and we have great opportunity on Wednesday night.”

Arsenal are said to be considering a shock summer move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

The defensive midfielder has been linked with Arsenal in the past - and is currently on loan at Everton until the end of the season.

His deal at The Etihad expires in the summer - and now the Gunners are said to have joined the growing list of suitors for the player after his excellent campaign at Goodison Park.

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