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Gunners stars reveal half-time rollicking from their manager...

By Owen Watson

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has revealed manager Arsene Wenger reacted to the Gunners' first half performance with a fit of rage during the interval at Anfield.

The north London-based outfit came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday, but had finished the opening 45 minutes behind, leaving the Frenchman furious, according to Fabregas.

“The boss screamed at us like I've never seen before,” he told Sky Sports.

“He was really disappointed in the first half and we were not at our best – that we didn't deserve to wear the Arsenal shirt.

“We played like that, and I think that gave us a boost. I think he was right, we were not good in the first half, we were not up for it and in the second half we turned it around and I think we played one of the best second halves of the season.”

Thomas Vermaelen revealed that he was also shocked by Wenger's half-time team talk.

“I've never seen him before like that. I think we just reacted very well,” said the Arsenal stopper. “The first half was really bad on our side, second half, we put some pressure on them and you see the result.”

Asked if he thought Liverpool could have had a penalty after a William Gallas challenge on Steven Gerrard, Vermaelen was absolute in his opinion, while he revealed the win was a big one for the club.

“No, I don't think so because the ball was already miles away,” said the Belgian.

“For us it's very important [the victory] because we close the gap a little bit now, we're back in the race now.

Fabregas was impressed by the way Liverpool closed down his side's play in the first half.

He added: “I think that put a lot of pressure on us in midfield.

“They didn't let us play as we like but we imposed our game in the second half that was very important.”

The Arsenal captain also praised Andrey Arshavin's goal and reflected on the message the result sends.

“[The goal was] Unbelievable but I'm not surprised, I see him every day in training – I know what he can do. He is a special player and we need him badly,” said Fabregas.

“There is still a long way to go, but the Premier League season is more open than ever and anyone can beat you, you can beat any team and I must say – I like it that way."

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