"I cannot react" - Mikel Arteta on playing at Anfield

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has opened up on why he found it difficult to play at Anfield.

The 40-year-old played for both Arsenal and Everton in the Premier League. Therefore, Arteta is well qualified to speak about the challenge of playing at Anfield.

As quoted by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, he said the following on the 'All or Nothing' documentary: "There’s a word that we use in Spain on cycling when a cyclist is going up and looks amazing and in one kilometre he goes poof (down) and he looks like he’s stuck and it’s a word called ‘pajara’.

"I had it once at Anfield that the game was going there and suddenly I could only see red shirts flying around, the game is passing all over me and I cannot react.

"Everyone is thinking ‘what is he doing?’ I cannot react, emotionally, physically, I cannot cope everything goes fast and I only had that feeling in my career once and it was at Anfield."

Anfield Watch Verdict

Plenty of opposition teams have struggled at Anfield over the years, and it's not hard to see why.

The supporters get right behind the players. There is a reason why the Kop is known as the '12th man' after all.

It must be an incredible feeling walking out onto Anfield and knowing that the supporters are right behind you.

Opposition players on the other hand must feel like the world is against them. It's a credit to the supporters really.

The atmosphere at Anfield would have to be the best in the Premier League. But, other people might have a different opinion to us.

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