Screaming Wenger scares Arsenal into action

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sparked his side into life against Liverpool on Sunday with a half-time tirade that roused his players to pull out a 2-1 Premier League victory at Anfield.

After his team had trailed 1-0 in a lacklustre opening period, the usually cerebral Frenchman let rip.

"We lost all the 50-50s and when you do that you don't win the games. I wanted to make the players conscious that Liverpool's commitment was stronger than ours. It shows the team can respond," Wenger told Sky Sports.

After the game, Spain international Cesc Fabregas and Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen still wore the looks of naughty schoolboys.

"The boss screamed at us like I have never seen before. He said we didn't deserve to wear the Arsenal shirt," captain Fabregas said.

"I think he was right...and in the second half we turned it around and played one of the best second halves of the season."

Belgian Vermaelen added: "I've never seen him like that before."